United Nation Meeting on Mideast Nuclear Weapons Ban Stalls

A nuclear review panel could not agree on an atomic weapons ban and is likely headed for failure on Friday. The 191 representatives organized the month-long conference around improving compliance to the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty.
But U.S. Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller said there was "no agreement" and accused some countries of undermining the negotiations.
Gottemoeller did not name any countries but diplomats said she was referring to Egypt.
She told the attendees that it is unacceptable to selfishly use the negotiations to advance anyone's own goals, even as Egypt denied trying to wreck the conference.
Canada and Britain also shared the U.S. concerns. After that, Iran proposed a suspension of the meeting in a last-minute attempt to find a compromise.



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