Middle East Nuclear Weapons Ban Proposal Stumbles at U.N.

A U.N. attempt to work out a ban on nuclear weapons in the Middle East was in jeopardy after Egypt complained on Monday about the lack of progress and demanded the resignation of the Finnish coordinator of the initiative. Western officials said Arab proposals drafted by Egypt for a major nuclear non-proliferation conference at United Nations headquarters in New York could torpedo the process and push Israel to walk away. Israel neither confirms nor denies the widespread assumption that it controls the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal.