End fuel cycle, Blix tells Israel and Iran

25 May 2007 at 11:17 am | Posted in Hans Blix, Israel, News, Sydney Peace Prize, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission | Leave a comment

Dr Hans Blix, Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), has told Israel to stop the work at its Dimona nuclear reactor in the Negev desert. Israeli online news website Ynetnews reported Blix’s call for a nuclear free Middle East.

The 2007 Sydney Peace Prize recipient urged Israel to consider a “cessation of reprocessing of uranium” as a step to “contribute to the collective security of the Middle East.”

The former UN wespons inspector said “the best way to guarantee security is a WMD free zone” which can be created “if all countries in the Middle East commit themselves not to have a nuclear fuel cycle”.

This point is a reiteration of that made in the WMDC’s Final Report launched last year: “While Israel, feeling under threat from Iran and others, is not likely to discard its nuclear-weapon capability except as a part of a peace settlement, it could help to reduce tension, as is now asked of Iran, by joining Iran and all other states in the region in a commitment to suspend and renounce any fuel-cycle activities for a prolonged period of time.”

Read the full final report, titled Weapons of Terror.

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