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US report confirms Israel has at least 80 nuclear warheads

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A newly released report in a US professional journal confirms that the Israeli regime possesses at least 80 operative nuclear warheads and has enough material to produce up to 190 more.
 

The report published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, nuclear weapon proliferation experts Robert Norris and Hans Kristensen estimate that Israel halted its production of nuclear warheads back in 2004 “once it reached around 80 munitions,” RT reports Monday.

However, the experts add, the Tel Aviv regime “can easily double its arsenal since it has enough fissile material to build at least another 115 bombs.”  

http://presstv.com/detail/2013/09/16/324261/us-report-says-israel-has-80-nukes/

Chronology of Important Dates.

 1974 – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) approves resolution endorsing the goal of establishing a NWFZ in the Middle East following a proposal by Iran.

 1980 – Israel joins international consensus allowing the General Assembly to pass a resolution supporting the goal of NWFZ without a vote.

 1989 – The IAEA Secretariat issues report titled “A Technical Study on Different Modalities of Application of Safeguards in the Middle East.”

 1990 – The Egyptian proposal to establish an expanded WMDFZ in the Middle East is first submitted before the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

 1991 – The UN Secretary General releases a “Study on Effective and Verifiable Measures which Would Facilitate the Establishment of a NWFZ in the Middle East” outlining, amongst other things, a number of confidence building steps that could contribute to the establishment of the zone.

 1991 – The IAEA General Conference passes resolution on “the Application of IAEA safeguards in the Middle” as a necessary step towards the establishment of a NWFZ in the region. The resolution has since been passed annually without objections.

 1991 – The UN Security Council Resolution 687 endorses goal of establishing a WMDFZ in the Middle East.

 1992 – Discussions on regional arms control begin under the aegis of the Arms Control and Regional Security Group (ACRS), a multilateral regional body born out of the Madrid Middle East peace talks. Envisaged to include discussions on a future WMDFZ, talks were placed indefinitely on hold following disagreement between Israel and Egypt over the agenda for discussing WMDFZ related issues.  Iran and Iraq were not party to these talks.

 1995 – The NPT Review Conference adopts a Resolution on the Middle East calling on states to take practical steps to make progress in the establishment of WMDFZ in the region. Member agreement on resolution was seen as key to securing the indefinite extension of the NPT.

 2000 – The NPT Review conference reaffirms the goal of 1995 Middle East Resolution and says that the resolution remains “valid until its goals and objectives are achieved.”

 2006 – The WMD Commission Final Report calls for an intensification of international efforts to establish a WMDFZ in the Middle East.

2010 – The NPT Review Conference endorses five practical steps to make progress towards the goal of establishing a WMDFZ in the Middle East. Action steps adopted include convening a regional conference to discuss the issue in 2012 and appointing a WMDFZ Facilitator.

2011 – Two-day meeting held at IAEA headquarters on a WMDFZ in the Middle East.

1. Technical Study on Different Modalities of the Application of Safeguards in the Middle East, available from http://www.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC33/GC33Documents/English/gc33-887_en.pdf.   Accessed February 2, 2011.

2. UN Study on Effective and Verifiable Measures Which Would Facilitate the Establishment of Nuclear-weapon-free Zone in the Middle East. 1991. Available from http://www.un.org/disarmament/HomePage/ODAPublications/DisarmamentStudySeries/PDF/SS-22.pdf. Accessed February 7, 2011.

3. Technical Study on Different Modalities of the Application of Safeguards in the Middle East.

4. In the context of ACRS talks, Israel reportedly agreed to begin discussions “a nuclear-weapon-free-zone two years after peace agreements had been signed with all of its neighbors…”

5. The 1995 NPT Conference Resolution on the Middle East, text available from http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/1995-NPT/pdf/Resolution_MiddleEast.pdf.

6. With the exception of Israel, all countries in the region are parties to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

http://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/mewmdfz

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September 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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