DATE=3/8/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CZECH-IRAN-NUCLEAR (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-259982 BYLINE=ALENA KENCLOVA DATELINE=PRAGUE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The Czech parliament has banned the sale of sensitive technology for a nuclear power plant in Iran. (128 deputies voted for the measure out of 183 present.) Alena Kenclova in Prague has more. TEXT: The lower house of the Czech parliament held a two-day emergency session before approving a special law prohibiting the deliveries. It puts an end to months of debate about whether a Czech engineering company (Z-V-V-Z Milevsko) can sell 30-million dollars worth of equipment to Iran through a Russian intermediary. The equipment was to be supplied to a nuclear power plant being built in Bushehr. All parties in the Czech parliament, except the communists, supported the ban on the sale. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who visited Prague this week, said she appreciated the Czech government's commitment to prevent the proliferation of technology, which could be misused for a nuclear weapons program. /// OPT /// German and French companies were involved in the initial stages of the Bushehr power plant from 1974. But they withdrew after the Islamic revolution in 1979. Russian companies took over in 1995, after almost two-dozen countries were reported to have refused to participate. /// END OPT /// Opposition parties criticized the Social Democrat cabinet for its slow reaction to the intended deal. /// OPT /// Compensation will now have to be paid by Czech taxpayers in an economy that is still struggling hard with restructuring. The Social Democrat government says it will help the company find new orders. /// END OPT /// Secretary of State Albright said during her visit to Prague that the recent parliamentary elections in Iran were a sign that the reform movement in the country would like to see some changes. But asked whether the United States was considering lifting sanctions on some goods, Secretary Albright listed three conditions. // ALBRIGHT ACT // Iran must not seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction, that is one of our problems, the other is their continued support for terrorist groups, and the third, they need to support the Middle East peace process. // END ACT // The Czech law banning the technology sale to Iran must still be approved by the senate and signed by Czech President Vaclav Havel to come into effect. (SIGNED) NEB/AK/GE/RAE 08-Mar-2000 13:32 PM EDT (08-Mar-2000 1832 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .