Call for Nuclear Body to Include Iran, Iraq

Arab and international experts at a meeting in Manama on Sunday proposed the establishment of a regional atomic energy body to include Iran and Iraq alongside the Arab monarchies of the Gulf.

The meeting on nuclear technologies, in a final statement, said the new body could be fashioned along the lines of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The delegates also proposed a security accord for nuclear installations in the Gulf region, warning any separate atomic initiative could pose "a danger or even potential catastrophe for the inhabitants and environment of the region."

( AFP )

The six Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, wary of Iran's controversial nuclear ambitions, decided at the end of 2006 to develop a joint civilian atomic programme.

But in December 2009, the United Arab Emirates awarded a South Korean firm a 20.4-billion-dollar contract to build four nuclear energy plants, due to go online in 2017.

Representatives of Iran and Iraq took part in the Manama meeting of experts organised by a Bahraini NGO.

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