Egypt refuses to ratify nuclear treaty, calls on Israel to commit to nonproliferation

Egypt refuses to ratify nuclear treaty, calls on Israel to commit to nonproliferation

[JURIST] Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit Saturday responded to a renewed call for it to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty [text] in advance of a meeting of treaty members in New York in September by saying it would not do so until Israel joins the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [text]. Egypt, one of only eight states not to ratify the CTBT after signing it, expressed concern over Middle East stability given that Israel is the only Middle Eastern state not to sign the NPT. Although Israel has refused to confirm or deny the presence of a nuclear weapons program, it has long been suspected that Israel possesses hundreds of nuclear warheads. AP has more.