PM thanks Obama for blocking UN nuclear disarmament move


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and President Barack Obama embrace at a ceremony welcoming the US leader at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on March 20, 2013 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90) bearb.:BB
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and President Barack Obama embrace at a ceremony welcoming the US leader at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on March 20, 2013 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
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Netanyahu calls Kerry to convey gratitude after US rejects NPT document setting deadline for Mideast nuke conference


By AP and Times of Israel staff

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked US President Barack Obama on Saturday for blocking a UN move aimed at forcing Israel to come clean on its nuclear capabilities en route to a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu spoke with US Secretary of State John Kerry and asked him to convey his gratitude to Obama for the stance the US took at the United Nations review conference for the Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York. The US late Friday rejected the New York meeting’s final document, as did the UK and Canada.

Israel is not a party to the treaty and has never publicly declared what is widely considered to be an extensive nuclear weapons program. The UN meeting had been set to convene a conference by next March, and appoint a special emissary, that might have forced Israel to acknowledge its nuclear program.

Netanyahu, who had been in contact with the US in the course of the UN meeting, also thanked Britain and Canada for their opposition to the final document, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

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