Summit on nuclear-free Mideast unrealistic: Israel
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel has dismissed plans to hold a summit on creating a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, saying it was an unrealistic idea given the "current volatile and hostile" climate in the region.
"Any initiative to promote the 2012 conference on the Middle East.. in complete disregard to the present sombre regional realities, is futile," Mr Shaul Horev, head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) said on Wednesday.
He was referring to plans to hold such a conference in Finland later this year or in early 2013. Israel has not yet said whether or not it would attend.
Speaking at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, the IAEC chief said the situation in the Middle East was not yet "conducive" to the creation of a nuclear weapons-free zone.