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Netanyahu Cancels Trip to Obama Nuke Summit

Thursday, 08 April 2010 09:10 PM EDT

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will not attend next week's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington and is sending Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor instead, Army Radio reported Thursday.

US sources informed Israel that a group of participating Arab countries led by Turkey and Egypt plan to use the summit to demand that Israel sign the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and allow its alleged nuclear capabilities to be placed under international inspection.

Previously, Jerusalem has received assurances from the US administration that it would not let the issue take over the conference, which is to focus on keeping nuclear capabilities out of the hands of terrorists, government sources said.

More than 40 world leaders will attend the conference on Monday and Tuesday.

Netanyahu characterized as a “very serious issue” the danger that “nuclear weapons, even crude nuclear weapons, could find their way into the hands of terrorists.” This, he said, would have “dire consequences” for all humanity.

A government source told Army Radio: "Israel participates in the effort to prevent nuclear technology reaching the hands of terrorists, and on this basis we agreed to take part in the summit. But reports surfacing in the last 24 hours indicated the intention of various states to assail Israel regarding the NPT. In summits of this nature, Israel is usually represented on the ministerial and professional levels. The Prime Minister has accordingly decided that Meridor will head the delegation."

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Thursday, 08 April 2010 09:10 PM
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