INTRODUCTION: Non-aligned members of the United Nations called on the Security Council on Tuesday (16 June) to punish Israel for committing what they described as an act of aggression in the June 7 bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor.
TV PAN U.S. Security Council in session.
SVs Israel's Permanent Representative Yehuda Blum, speaking as delegates listen. (11 SHOTS)
SV Delegates seated.
SV Iraqi Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ismat Kittani speaking as Professor Blum listens. (3 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
BLUM: (SEQ 2): "One. Why did Iraq first try in 1974 to acquire a nuclear power reactor of a kind designed primarily to produce large quantities of plutonium for military use? Two. Why did Iraq insist on receiving a 70 megawat reactor which has no use as an energy source and which is far too large for its demonstrable research purposes of a peaceful kind? Three. Why did Iraq insist on receiving weapons-grade nuclear fuel rather than the alternative of caramel fuel which was offered to it? Four. What is Iraq's need for nuclear energy, given its abundant oil supplies? Did the allies pay reparations for the Nazis' atomic plant at Penemunde and elsewhere, which they destroyed during World War Two? Let me assure this Council that Israel will pay precisely the same sum as what those who made this bizarre suggestion, paid after World War Two, and not one brass farthing more. Thank you Mr. President."
KITTANI: (SEQ 4): "Why is it, Professor Blum, that your Prime Minister and your government have refused, and continue to refuse, to put any of your nuclear facilities under any international inspection safeguards, as Iraq has done with regard to all its nuclear facilities? If you answer that to the satisfaction of the Council perhaps we need no more debate here about why your government acted that aggression on the seventh of June. Now, Mr. President, I said that the real intended audience of Israel is not in these chambers and I would like simply to say that apparently, in this case, Israel is having enormous difficulty convincing even its closest friends. That is why the representative of Israel is in a quandry."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Non-aligned members of the United Nations called on the Security Council on Tuesday (16 June) to punish Israel for committing what they described as an act of aggression in the June 7 bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor. They have recommended that the Council invoke mandatory provisions on the UN charter, including sanctions, against the Jewish state. In the Security Council itself, the procession of delegates censuring Israel continued on Tuesday, the fourth day of the debate.
SYNOPSIS: Towards the end of the meeting, Israeli delegate, Professor Yehuda Blum addressed several direct questions to Iraq's representative, Mr. Ismat Kittani.
Iraq's Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ismat Kittani responded with more questions.