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IAEA General Conference Resolution on Israel's Nuclear Capability

(September 25, 1987)

As if to prepare the ground for the annual onslaught on Israel in the UN General Assembly, the Arab states, this time notably without Egypt as one of the sponsors, called for the adoption of the following resolution by the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. It was adopted by a majority of 48 in favour, 29 against with 12 abstentions. Text:

The General Conference,

(a) Having considered the agenda item "Israeli nuclear capabilities and threat",

(b) Having also considered the Annual Report of the Agency for 1986, and in particular paragraphs 39, 40 and 41,

(c) Recalling that the United Nations Security Council, in its resolution 487 of 1981, has called upon Israel to submit all its nuclear facilities to IAEA safeguards,

(d) Noting that only Israel has been so called upon to comply with such an obligation by the Security Council,

(e) Recalling United Nations General Assembly resolution 41/ 93 of Israeli Nuclear Armament, which, inter alia, called upon Israel to place all its nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards and to renounce any possession of nuclear weapons,

(f) Recalling the United Nations Secretary-General's reports on Israeli Nuclear Armament A/36/431 of 1981 and A/40/520 of 1985,

(g) Taking note of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly on co-operation between Israel and South Africa, particularly in the nuclear field, and

(h) Deeply alarmed by recent information regarding the possession of nuclear weapons by Israel,

1. Demands that Israel place all its nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards in compliance with Security Council resolution 487 of 1981;

2. Requests the Director General to consider implementation by the IAEA of provisions in United Nations General Assembly resolution 41/2 and 41/93 in relation to the IAEA;

3. Requests the Director General to report to the Board of Governors and the next session of the General Conference on Israeli nuclear capabilities and threat and on the implementation of this resolution;

4. Further requests the Director General to bring this resolution to the attention of the Secretary-General of the United Nations; and

5. Decides to include in the agenda for the thirty-second regular session of the General Conference an item entitled "Israeli nuclear capabilities and threat".

Source: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs