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10/6/05

European Parliament to discus Iran's nuclear programme

Brussels, Oct 6, IRNA-The European Parliament will debate Iran's nuclear program during its plenary session in Brussels on October 12. A resolution on the Iranian nuclear program will be drawn up by the EP's Foreign Affairs Committee and be put to vote on October 13.

Meanwhile, the EP's Foreign Affairs Committee discussed a report on WMD's in a meeting on Tuesday evening, according to an EP press release issued Wednesday evening.

The report said that there should be targeted sanctions against those who violate their non-proliferation obligations.

The report stressed that all diplomatic and political channels should be used before resorting to military force according to the UN Charter.

The report recommends that the EU should play a more active role in non-proliferation and disarmament policies and also strive for stronger cooperation with the US against the spread of WMD.

The Middle East should become a WMD-free zone. The report calls on Israel, India and Pakistan on to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. All nuclear weapons states under the Non-Proliferation Treaty were urged to take significant steps towards the elimination of their nuclear arsenals.

Russia was urged to contribute more to the programs for destruction of its chemical weapons and for disposal of its plutonium.

The Foreign Affairs Committee rejected development of new generations of nuclear weapons and called for immediate action to prevent the further proliferation of ballistic missiles.

Everything possible should be done to convince the US administration to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

The full European Parliament will vote on this report during the November plenary session in Strasbourg.

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