US pressure on Iran. Silence about Israel
Under duress from the United States the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continues to pressure Iran to come clean on its nuclear program. This, despite the fact that the IAEA has conducted inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities and is presently satisfied that Iran fulfils its international obligations. The USA however keeps on claiming that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. This is the same course of harassment that the US and its allies applied to Iraq over its non-existent weapons of mass destruction. There is, however, one Middle Eastern country, which definitely possesses nuclear weapons, but has not received attention or inspections from the IAEA. Its name is Israel. Furthermore, Israel has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has never officially admitted to having nuclear weapons. Non-proliferation analysts estimate that Israel has up to 200 such weapons. Only recently, IAEA head Mohamed El Baradei, called on Israel to dismantle its nuclear weapons arsenal, saying all Middle East nations would benefit from ridding the region of nuclear weapons. "In my view, every country in the Middle East, including Israel, will benefit from establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East as part and parcel of a comprehensive peace in the region", Dr El Baradei said. Mr Mordechai Vanunu, a courageous Israeli whistleblower is serving a life sentence at present for having revealed that Israel possesses nuclear weapons. The United Nations General Assembly and IAEA General Conference have adopted 13 resolutions since 1987 appealing to Israel to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty. All have been ignored.