September 25, 2014 / 4:40 PM / 5 years ago

U.N. nuclear assembly rejects Arab bid to pressure Israel

VIENNA, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Member states of the U.N. nuclear agency rejected on Thursday an Arab resolution criticising Israel over its assumed atomic arsenal, in a diplomatic victory for Western states that opposed the initiative.

Arab states had submitted the non-binding resolution - which called on Israel to join a global anti-nuclear weapons pact - to the annual meeting of the 162-nation International Atomic Energy Agency, in part to signal their frustration at the lack of progress to move towards a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

The United States and its allies argued that the resolution, if adopted, would be counterproductive. Fifty-eight countries voted against the text and 45 states for. Other countries either abstained or were absent. (Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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