European Parliament supports EU cooperation with Iran in nuclear field
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Brussels, Oct 12, IRNA
The European Parliament is expected to adopt a resolution on Thursday saying the Islamic Republic of Iran "has the right to develop a nuclear programme according to Article IV of the NPT and supports the proposals of the EU for cooperation with Iran in the nuclear field for peaceful use."
The draft resolution urges Iran to use the time before the next IAEA Board of Governors meeting in November to restart talks with the EU 3 "in good faith free of duress and devoid of threats." It reaffirms that "no military options should be taken into consideration in order to reach a solution to the present crisis." It stresses the importance of cooperation with the US, Russia, China and the Non-Aligned countries in order to achieve a
comprehensive agreement with Iran on its nuclear facilities and their use and taking into account Iran's security concerns.
The EP welcomes the statement made by British Foreign Secretary and President-in-Office of the European Council Jack Straw on September 28 to the effect that despite US President George Bush's remark that "all options are open," neither the US nor Europe is considering military action against Iran over its controversial nuclear program because it would not resolve the issue.
The EP says it "recognizes Iran's legitimate security concerns, considering that it is surrounded by states or military bases with nuclear weapons capacities, including such states as Pakistan, Israel, India and Afghanistan."
It considers that this "comprehensive agreement should be useful for a sustainable regional security system comprising India, Pakistan and other nuclear powers and believes that Iran should assume its responsibilities as a regional player and contribute to a Middle East free of Weapons of Mass Destruction."
The EP gives its full support to the resolution adopted on September 24 by the IAEA Board of Governors and urges Iran to reestablish full and sustained suspension of all aspects of its uranium enrichment activities including tests or production its uranium conversion facility (UCF) in Isfahan and to permit the IAEA director-general to reinstate the seals that have been removed at that facility.
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