Even though Israel has never disclosed its nuclear inventory, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted that the Jewish state should dispose of whatever nuclear weapons it has.
While the Islamic Republic of Iran maintains its consistent streak of violations regarding the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), including deception regarding its nuclear facilities, the UNGA targeted Israel’s nuclear program on Friday. The vote overwhelmingly went against Israel with a 152-5 turnout, motioning that Israel should dispose of all of its nuclear weapons and hand over its nuclear sites to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The resolution called on Israel “to accede to the Treaty without further delay, not to develop, produce, test or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons, to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and to place all its unsafe guarded nuclear facilities under the full scope of Agency safeguards as an important confidence-building measure among all States of the region and as a step toward enhancing peace and security.”
A couple of dozen European countries abstained from the vote, while Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Palau, and the United States voted against the resolution. While thought to be one of the few countries with nuclear weapons, Israel has never confirmed one way or another.