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US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns, singles out Egypt for criticism

FILE- In this March 30, 2012 file photo, Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, delivers a lecture to students in Moscow. Gottemoeller spoke for the U.S. delegation Friday, May 22, 2015, in blocking the final conference document during a landmark nuclear treaty review conference at the United Nations. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

FILE- In this March 30, 2012 file photo, Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, delivers a lecture to students in Moscow. Gottemoeller spoke for the U.S. delegation Friday, May 22, 2015, in blocking the final conference document during a landmark nuclear treaty review conference at the United Nations. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)  (The Associated Press)

The United States is rejecting a global document toward ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states "cynically manipulated" the process by trying to set a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

The final document of a landmark treaty review conference Friday would call on the U.N. secretary-general to convene the conference no later than March 2016, regardless of whether Israel and its neighbors agree on an agenda.

Israel is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has never publicly declared what is widely considered to be an extensive nuclear weapons program.

A conference might force Israel to acknowledge it.

Discussions on the draft document are continuing after a request from Iran.