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11/11/03

IAEA report says no evidence of Iran trying to develop nukes

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a report on Monday announced that it had found no evidence that Iran's previously undeclared nuclear material and activities were related to a nuclear weapons program, IRNA reported from Vienna.

An informed source told IRNA that the report has stressed that Iran's cooperation with the IAEA before October had been "limited and reactive", stressing that Tehran is showing a policy of full disclosure toward the agency from October on.

The report further stressed that the IAEA welcomes Iran's active cooperation as a positive development.

Iran, it added, in certain cases has failed to live up to its obligations to comply with the provision of the safeguards agreement of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The report also wrote that the IAEA had discovered the use of imported natural uranium hexafluoride for the testing of centrifuges at the Kalaye Electric Company (near Tehran) in 1999 and 2002, and that Iran had failed to report the import of natural uranium. An IAEA spokesman, Mark Gwozdecky, said in Vienna on Saturday that the agency would soon release the report.

Gwozdecky, however, stressed that the report -- which was meant to be presented to 35 members of the IAEA Board of Governors -- would not answer all questions about Iran's nuclear energy program, arguing that the agency needed more time to draw definite conclusions to that effect.

Iran, as an NPT member, has always stressed that its nuclear energy program are peaceful, and has strongly rejected US black propaganda that the Islamic Republic is pursuing weapons of mass destruction.

The IAEA is refusing to provide Iran with the nuclear expertise that under the agency's regulations it is entitled to receive, arguing that Tehran must first sign an additional protocol of the NPT that allows snap inspections of its nuclear sites.

The IAEA Board of Governors in September set an October 31 deadline for Iran to prove it is pursuing peaceful nuclear programs. The resolution that was submitted by Canada, Japan and Australia also calls on Tehran to clarify its nuclear program by the end of October and to suspend its uranium enrichment program.

Iran told foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain on October 21 that it would soon announce readiness to sign the NPT additional protocol, and to suspend its uranium enrichment activities.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei last Sunday strongly supported Iran's decision to sign the NPT additional protocol, stressing however that Iran would stop cooperation with the relevant organizations if they demand too much.

Iran's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Akbar Salehi on October 23 -- eight days before the IAEA resolution's deadline was due -- submitted the final documents on Iran's nuclear activities to IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei at his office in Vienna, as scheduled earlier.

ElBaradei accordingly said the report "looks comprehensive" and said it will be examined and the final assessment will be passed on by the IAEA Board of Governors on November 20.

The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani met ElBaradei in Vienna last Saturday for talks on Iran's nuclear energy program. He told reporters after the meeting that Iran had answered all IAEA questions regarding its nuclear activities.

This was followed by reports on Monday that Salehi had handed a letter to ElBaradei according to which Iran had voiced readiness to sign the NPT additional protocol and suspend its uranium enrichment activities as of November 11.

Iran officially accepts NPT additional protocol

United Nations, New York, Nov 11, IRNA -- The Iranian government's official letter on its determination to sign the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was submitted to chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei in Vienna on Monday.

In a statement issued at the UN Headquarters in New York, Iran's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali-Akbar Salehi stressed that Iran has decided as well to suspend all its uranium enrichment activities, particularly those in Natanz plant in central Iran, from November 11.

Iran will also not import any facility for uranium enrichment. According to the statement, ElBaradei welcomed Iran's decision and termed it a "positive development".

The IAEA Governing Council on September 12 issued a resolution, calling on Iran to sign the NPT additional protocol in line with its confidence-building efforts.

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