Iran hails NPT call on Israel for atomic transparency

TEHRAN, May 29, (AFP) Iran's representative to the UN atomic watchdog on Saturday hailed a UN nuclear non-proliferation document calling on Israel to open its atomic facilities to international inspection.

The accord, reached on Friday at the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference and agreed by the NPT's 189 members, commits to holding a regional gathering in 2012 to create a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

It also mentions the importance of Israel's accession to the treaty and the placement of all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards.

The NPT called on Israel to join the treaty, which would oblige the Jewish state to decommission its nuclear weapons. Iran's IAEA representative Ali Asghar Soltanieh, who attended the conference at the United Nations, welcomed the move.

“It is a step forward in creating a world without atomic weapons,” he told the official IRNA news agency.

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