51st & our even-handed non-proliferation policies
Remarks to Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Washington, DC, June 15, 2011
An example of our even-handed policy on nuclear matters in the ME:
Brimmer: “Last September we joined international partners to defeat a resolution at the IAEA that singled out Israel’s nuclear program for rebuke. Just last week, the IAEA Board of Governors, which includes the U.S., adopted a resolution finding Syria in noncompliance with its international nuclear obligations and referred the matter to the UN Security Council. Syria blatantly violated its nonproliferation safeguards obligations and has hindered the IAEA’s efforts to investigate the matter. Syria must fully cooperate with the IAEA and resolve all outstanding issues related to its noncompliance.
“We have also worked to isolate Iran at the UN Security Council, imposing tough sanctions that have set back its nuclear programs. We have been steadfast in calling on Iran to live up to its own commitments and its obligations under UN Security Council Resolutions, the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and its IAEA Safeguards Agreement.”
MORE 6/21/11: And as the campaign season picks up speed throw this into the mix: “Barack Obama reassures Jewish donors.” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57398.html and here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/obama-tells-jewish-donors-that-u-s-israel-disagreements-are-only-tactical-1.368864