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Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:49PM
File photo shows a nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

File photo shows a nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

The Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) has underscored Iran’s call for the denuclearization of the Middle East. In a 17-point resolution closing its two-day meeting in Khartoum on Tuesday, the 48-member IIPU demanded that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and particularly nuclear weapons be removed from the Middle East. This proposal was put forwarded by the Iranian parliamentary delegation to the eighth General Assembly Meeting of the IIPU. The union also underlined the rights of all nations to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes while expressing profound concern over the nuclear arsenal of Israel. Israel, the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, is widely known to have between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads. The Israeli regime rejects all the regulatory international nuclear agreements -- the Non-Proliferation Treaty in particular -- and refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections. The IIPU also condemned the assassination of nuclear scientists in the Muslim world. Several Iranian scientists have been assassinated since 2007, including Majid Shahriari (November 2010), Dariush Rezaei Nejad (July 2011), and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan (January 2012). The IIPU was established in 1999 based on an initiative by Iran. It seeks to strengthen parliamentary cooperation among Islamic countries in order to solve challenges facing the Islamic world. KA/SS
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