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Iran objects to nuclear treaty

May 06, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An Iranian envoy said his government will not submit to extensive nuclear inspections while Israel stays outside the global treaty to curb the spread of atomic weapons.

"The existing double standard shall not be tolerated anymore by non-nuclear-weapon states," Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh told a Geneva meeting of the 190 countries that have signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Israel, which does not discuss whether it has atomic weapons, is one of the nations that did not sign.

Iran did sign and is under U.N. sanctions meant to pressure it into allowing inspections that will ensure it isn't developing nuclear weapons.

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