118. 6/19/1981

Following Israel’s bombing of the Osirak nuclear reactor in June 7, 1981, “The United States…joined in the [UN Security Council] vote condemning Israel. Ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick explained the U.S. vote [on June 19, 1981] by saying that ‘Israel failed to exhaust peaceful means for the resolution of this dispute.’ At the same time, Kirkpatrick’s long speech showed a good deal of understanding for Israel’s action: ‘It is surely not unreasonable to raise serious doubts about the efficacy of the Non-Proliferation Treaty safeguards system,’ she said, noting that safeguards are ‘not policemen; they can only inspect what has been declared.’ “

 – Hans Blix, Disarming Iraq, Page 19

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