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Resolution 487



Resolution 487 (1981) of 19 June 1981
The Security Council,

Having considered the agenda contained in document S/Agenda/2280,
Having noted the contents of the letter dated 8 June 1981 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq,
Having heard the statements made on the subject at its 2280th through 2288th meetings,
Taking note of the statement made by the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the Agency's
Board of Governors on the subject on 9 June 1981 and his statement to the Security Council at its 2288th meeting
on 19 June 1981,
Taking note also of the resolution adopted by the Board of Governors of the Agency on 12 June 1981 on the
"military attack on Iraqi nuclear research centre and its implications for the Agency",
Fully aware of the fact that Iraq has been a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons since
it came into force in 1970, that in accordance with that Treaty Iraq has accepted Agency safeguards on all its
nuclear activities, and that the Agency has testified that these safeguards have been satisfactorily applied to
Noting furthermore that Israel has not adhered to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,
Deeply concerned about the danger to international peace and security created by the premeditated Israeli air
attack on Iraqi nuclear installations on 7 June 1981, which could at any time explode the situation in the area,
with grave consequences for the vital interests of all States,
Considering that, under the terms of Article 2, paragraph 4, of the Charter of the United Nations, "all members
shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity
or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United
1. Strongly condemns the military attack by Israel in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and
the norms of international conduct;
2. Calls upon Israel to refrain in the future from any such acts or threats thereof;
3. Further considers that the said attack constitutes a serious threat to the entire safeguards regime of the
International Atomic Energy Agency, which is the foundation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear
4. Fully recognizes the inalienable sovereign right of Iraq and all other States, especially the developing
countries, to establish programmes of technological and nuclear development to develop their economy and industry
for peaceful purposes in accordance with their present and future needs and consistent with the internationally
accepted objectives of preventing nuclear-weapons proliferation;
5. Calls upon Israel urgently to place its nuclear facilities under the safeguards of the International Atomic
Energy Agency;.
6. Considers that Iraq is entitled to appropriate redress for the destruction it has suffered, responsibility for
which has been acknowledged by Israel;
7. Requests the Secretary-General to keep the Security Council regularly informed of the implementation of the
present resolution.

Adopted unanimously at the 2288th meeting.

Iraq, Israel, Middle East
Security Council Composition