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Israel mulls nuclear 以色列考慮興建核電廠

Israel is considering building a nuclear power station, the Haaretz daily newspaper reported on Feb. 11, quoting the head of the Israeli electricity company.

The official, Uri Bin-Nun, said the head of the Israeli Atomic Energy commission told him that the idea was under consideration — the first time the commission has said that.

Israel has two nuclear reactors — ostensibly for research and scientific purposes — but is widely believed to have developed nuclear weapons at the larger of the two, in the Negev Desert.

Israel has not confirmed that it has nuclear weapons and insists it will not be the first country to introduce them to the Middle East.

Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), and its nuclear program is not under international supervision.

Israel is at the forefront of an international effort to keep Iran, which has signed the NPT, from going nuclear. Iran insists its nuclear development program is for peaceful purposes, but Israel, the US and others believe its real goal is to build atomic bombs.

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has repeatedly called for Israel to be wiped off the map.

The newspaper report said the local electricity company has been promoting the idea of nuclear power for years, even allocating land in the Negev Desert for a power plant. The skyrocketing price of oil-based fuel has added impetus to the concept.

The spokesman for the Israel Electricity Corporation refused to comment on the report.

Israel has been converting its electricity generating plants from coal to natural gas in recent years.(AP)

《以色列國土報》二月十一日引述以色列電力公司董事長的話說,以色列正考慮興建核能電廠。

電力公司董事長尤里.賓南表示,以色列原子能委員會已告知他這項醞釀中的提案。有史以來委員會首度這樣表示。

Today's Word 今日單字

1. ostensibly adv.

表面上 (biao3 mian4 shang4) ,明顯地 (ming2 xian3 di5)

例: I bought this truck. Ostensibly, I needed it for work, but I really just love how it looks.

(我買了這輛卡車。表面上是工作需要,但其實我是喜歡它的外型。)

2. signatory n.

簽約國 (qian1 yue1 guo2),簽署者 (qian1 shu3 zhe3)

例: Our company is not a signatory to this contract.

(我們公司並未簽署這份合約。)

3. forefront n.

最前線 (zui4 qian2 xian4)

例: James just bought a brand new TV — he likes to be at the forefront of electronics development.

(詹姆士剛剛買了全新的電視,他喜歡走在電子開發的最前端。)

4. allocate v.t.

分配 (fen1 pei4)

例: We're allocating 20 percent of the budget to your department.

(我們會分配20%的預算到你的部門。)


以色列有兩座核子反應爐,表面上是做為研究與科學用途,但普遍相信,位於內格夫沙漠那座較大的反應爐,已在發展核子武器。

以色列未承認自己擁有核武,並堅持以國不會成為第一個將核武帶入中東地區的國家。

以色列並非禁止核子擴散條約(NPT)的簽署國之一,其核子計畫也未受國際監督。

以色列是國際制止已簽署NPT的伊朗走向核武的最前線。伊朗堅持其核子發展計畫是以和平為目的,但以色列、美國與其他國家則相信其真正目標是建造原子彈。

伊朗總統阿瑪丁雅已再三呼籲以色列取消這項計畫。

這篇報導說,以色列電力公司推動核電計畫已行之有年,甚至把內格夫沙漠的土地劃作電廠之用。石油燃料價格飛漲也是一大動力。

以色列電力公司發言人拒絕評論這篇報導。

以色列近幾年已將發電廠從燃煤發電改至天然氣發電。 (美聯社/翻譯:賴美君)

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