Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, December 22, 2003.
Q Is the President in favor of international inspection of Israel's nuclear arsenal, which is pretty well known?
MR. McCLELLAN: I don't know that I agree with that, the premise of your question. But the United States has a longstanding position of universal adherence to the treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. That has been our longstanding position --
Q They never signed it.
MR. McCLELLAN: -- and that is universal adherence. Well, we have urged all states that have not yet adhered to the treaty to do so, and to accept the IAEA safeguards on nuclear activities that would come with it.
Q Are we trying to persuade Israel to sign it, and to be open to inspection?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think that, one, in terms of specifics about the Israeli government, you need to refer those questions to the Israeli government.
Q No, no, I'm asking our position.
MR. McCLELLAN: And I've told you that the long held position of the United States is the universal adherence to the nonproliferation treaty.