Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Yahoo! News - Nuclear Watchdog to Press Case in Israel

Yahoo! News - Nuclear Watchdog to Press Case in Israel: "Under its policy of 'strategic ambiguity,' Israel neither admits nor denies having nuclear arms. But international experts believe Israel has between 100 and 200 warheads based on estimates of the amount of plutonium its reactors have produced.
ElBaradei had wanted to get the Israelis to abandon their ambiguity policy, Western diplomats said, but Israel says this would be impossible at present given continued hostility from the neighboring Arab world and Iran.
'There are no signs of a policy change in Israel,' said a diplomat close to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which ElBaradei heads.
The diplomat, who declined to be identified, said ElBaradei would not be pushing Israel to abandon the policy, which it has kept up for decades for fear of sparking a regional arms race. "


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