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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Iran calls for int`l pressure on Israel to destroy its WMD

IRNA

Damascus, Jan 3, IRNA -- Iran`s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here 
on Saturday stressed the need for "international pressure" on Israel 
to make the Zionist regime dismantle its weapons of mass destruction. 
"Security and stability of the Middle East region and 
guaranteeing interests of the regional countries depend on this 
move," he told reporters after meeting Syrian President Bashar 
l-Assad and the country`s Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara. 
Kharrazi said he had discussed with the two officials a 
resolution, taken by Syria into the UN Security Council, which calls 
for ridding the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction. 
Israel remains put on its decision to keep its nuclear facilities 
concealed from UN arms inspectors. The Zionist regime also refused to 
sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). 
Several other issues, including Iraq and Palestine developments, 
were discussed with Syrian leaders, Kharrazi said. 
The onus, he said, is on all regional countries, including Iran 
and Syria, to help the Iraqi people "so that they play a direct role 
in deciding their own fate". 
"The most important thing now is to submit Iraq`s affairs to its 
people and pull out occupying forces from Iraq," Kharrazi said. 
The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Damascus Saturday at the 
head of a delegation for a one-day visit. 
In his talks with President Bashar, Kharrazi discussed mutual 
ties, regional issues as well as a recent earthquake in Iran`s 
southeastern city of Bam. 
Assad stressed the need for continued contacts between Tehran and 
Damascus in order `thwart common threats` against the two countries. 
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