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Kharrazi, ElBaradei discuss IAEA technical assistance to Iran

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei on Wednesday held talks about technical assistance of the agency to Iran and ways to build confidence between the two parties, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Iran is a party to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) according to which the specialized agency has undertaken to provide technical assistance to the member states for use of nuclear energy.

Kharrazi expressed dismay at controversial statements being made by the western states about Iranian nuclear programs and said that the propaganda campaign against Iran has led to an state of ambiguity over international commitments to the NPT.

He called for separating Iran-IAEA specialized cooperation from the political implications.

"The Public opinion in Iran is sensitive toward the Iranian government's undertakings towards the international conventions. We need justifications to explain them to the people and political parties that undertakings are in line with our national interests," Kharrazi said.

He said that Iran is keen on developing cooperation with IAEA and hoped that Mr. ElBaradei's visit to Iran would serve as a step forward towards confidence building.

"Iran insists on its legitimate rights concerning the NPT and as a sense of responsibility to fulfill its obligations and exercise transparency," Kharrazi said.

ElBaradei said that Iran-IAEA cooperation should steer clear of politics adding that his agency believes that dialogue is going on in line with the commitments.

"We should make efforts to boost cooperation. Iran is entitled to make use of nuclear energy in line with the international convention. The IAEA wants to build confidence in mutual cooperation," ElBaradei said.

ElBaradei arrived in Tehran at the invitation of Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Gholamreza Aqazadeh.

Aqazadeh was also present in Kharrazi-Elbaradei meeting.

Ramezanzadeh says ElBaradei's Tehran visit will help build trust Iran's government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said in Tehran on Wednesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohammad ElBaradei's visit to Tehran would naturally bring the views of Iran and the IAEA closer, helping the two sides to move in line with mutual trust, IRNA reported.

Ramezanzadeh told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting that trust is a two-way street and those who are harming this trust, should today be more active in offsetting its effects.

He reiterated that Tehran has been fully observing its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Although Iran has been abiding by its obligations fully, the other side, that are the IAEA and the countries possessing nuclear technology, have not kept up with their part of the obligations well, added the official.

He rejected a claim by the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) on Iran's nuclear activities, saying that MKO is a terrorist organization, committing huge crimes and has even had terrorist programs to conduct in Europe. He said the outfit has raised such claims and accusations to cover up its own problems.

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