Top US official in Israel to discuss regional nuclear ban

A senior US official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, US officials and UN diplomats said on Thursday.

Friday is the final day of a month-long review conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT] at United Nations headquarters in New York. The conference has bogged down on several issues, above all the failure to convene a planned 2012 conference on a Middle East weapons of mass destruction ban.

Without agreement on the Middle East issue, diplomats said treaty signatories might fail to agree approve final outcome document at the conference.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Top-US-official-in-Israel-to-discuss-regional-nuclear-ban-403827

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