Australia and New Zealand walk out of nuclear meeting

March 8, 2013 by Henry Benjamin
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Both the Australian and New Zealand ambassadors to the International Atomic Energy Agency walked out of a meeting in Vienna after the Iranian ambassador accused Israel of genocide.[rss-cut]

David Stuart

David Stuart

Philip Wallace Griffith

Philip Wallace Griffith

Australian ambassador David Stuart and New Zealand ambassador Philip Wallace Griffiths joined ambassadors from the USA and Canada following the outburst by Iranian delegate Ali Asghar Soltanieh made during a debate on Syria.

Canadian ambassador John Barrett had been chairing the meeting  at the time told media that Iran had crossed a red line.

which had found Iranian reporting on their nuclear programs as being unsatisfactory,

The IAEA called on Iran to cease blocking its investigations into particular nuclear facilities within Iran.


One Response to “Australia and New Zealand walk out of nuclear meeting”
  1. Liat Nagar says:

    Which other countries were involved in this meeting, where their ambassadors didn’t walk out? Perhaps it would be a good idea to bring into play the interruption of and banishment from the meeting room, or chamber, of any speaker ‘crossing a red line’, then said Iranian could have been forced to be removed instead of other reasonable ambassadors needing to walk out. And the forum would be less likely to be used for propaganda purposes.

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