The Islamic bloc has replaced the Soviet bloc as the largest unified voting bloc in the UN. Here are the results: when the IAEA’s attention should be focused on Iran, they do this instead. By Mark Heinrich for Reuters (thanks to Twostellas):
VIENNA, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Islamic nations, targeting Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal, pushed through a U.N. atomic watchdog resolution on Thursday urging all Middle East nations to renounce atomic weapons.
The vote was 53-2 but with 47 abstentions by Western and developing states, highlighting reservations that the resolution politicised the International Atomic Energy Agency’s work.
The decision was non-binding but symbolised international tensions over Israel’s presumed nuclear might and shunning of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and it frayed the traditional consensus culture of the Vienna-based IAEA.
A similar measure calling on all Middle East nations to adopt IAEA safeguards on nuclear work passed overwhelmingly at last year’s IAEA general assembly, with only Israel and top ally the United States opposed, as they were again on Thursday.