Secret Israeli-Finnish Nuclear Talks (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/11/12)
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Officials from Israel and Finland last week held secret talks on
Jerusalem´s participation in a conference to ban nuclear arms in the
According to reports in Israel´s Hebrew-language media, Finnish
foreign affairs undersecretary Jaakko Laajava visited Jerusalem to
discuss Israel´s involvement in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty
conference scheduled to occur in Helsinki late this year, or early
It is widely expected Iran and Arab countries will try to put
Israel´s unconfirmed nuclear arsenal in the crosshairs. Israel has
long maintained a policy of nuclear ambiguity, refusing to confirm or
deny it has nuclear weapons.
Israel has traditionally refused to participate in such conferences.
However, Israel and the United States are said to be coordinating
their positions for the upcoming conference, meaning Israel may
choose to attend.
A significant impediment to Israel signing the nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty – which it has long been pressured to do – is a
clause in American law that would terminate all aid to the Jewish
state should Israel admit to having nuclear weapons.
Israeli officials repotedly neither agreed nor refused to participate
in the conference in their meeting with Laajava. (IsraelNationalNews
© 2012 04/11/12)
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