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Iran postpones decision on joining test ban treaty commission

TEHRAN, Iran, January 4, 2000 (AFP) -- Iran's parliament Tuesday postponed for six months discussion of a bill providing for the country to join the international preparatory commission for the comprehensive test ban treaty (CTBT), the official IRNA news agency reported.

The government had asked parliament to accept Iran's membership of the commission, which was established in 1996 in order to work for the effective implementation of the treaty.

Iran signed the treaty in 1996, but has not yet ratified it.

The refusal by the US Senate in October to ratify the treaty provoked a storm of protest in the Iranian parliament and around the world.

The CTBT bans all nuclear tests whether for military or civilian purposes, both in the atmosphere and underground.