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11/18/03

Iran's Constructive Engagement with IAEA

By: Behnaz H. Gholipour

Vienna, Nov 18, IRNA -- Iran has recently been sincere and honest with the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the global community at large in unveiling a detailed and clear-cut report on its nuclear program over the past 18 years and in voicing readiness to temporarily suspend its uranium enrichment program and sign up to the additional protocol of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The European Union's Foreign Policy Cheif Javier Solana said in Brussels on Monday that Iran had been honest so far concerning its nuclear program and he hoped it would not be reported to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

Iran's gesture has drawn appreciation by majority of states, including Europeans, who favor "constructive engagement" with Tehran. Britain, France and Germany have reportedly been proponents of the constructive approaches, withdrawing support for reference of Iran's alleged non-compliance case to the UNSC.

On Thursday the European trio circulated draft resolution for the board of governors of the IAEA, which does not meet US demands, diplomats say.

Russian permanent representative to the IAEA Gregorie Berdonnico told IRNA in Vienna that Iran's cooperation with the Agency can be interpreted as highly positive steps and strong signals. Berdonnicov said Iran has been fully accountable for its performance and fully cooperative to the UN arms watchdog.

There are yet other group of states besides the Europeans which have been calling for positive and soft engagement with Tehran. Latin American states and the group of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members of the 35-nation IAEA Board of Governors are among others. The NAM group of the IAEA Board of Governors used to provide Iran with effective and influential support in two previous IAEA Board meetings in June and September.

Iran reportedly briefed the NAM members of the IAEA Board of Governors on Friday on its nuclear program.

There have been, however, few others, including the US, that have been abusing the situation, expecting tough approach and even reference of the case to the UNSC, which might impose economic sanctions against the Islamic state.

The IAEA released a report recently, saying no evidence had been found to substantiate that Tehran had been attempting to produce atom bomb.

The IAEA is to scrutinze Iran's case in its Board meeting Thursday through Friday to throw light on many disputes. The point is that Iran's case should not be politicized and it should be studied only from technical point of view.

US angry with IAEA's peaceful approach toward Iran: Asefi

Tehran, Nov 18, IRNA -- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Tuesday sai the recent remarks of the US secretary of state on IAEA's future session on Iran revealed the anger of the US administration with peaceful handling of Iran's nuclear issues.

Hamid-Reza Asefi said that the US official's comment on the forthcoming session of IAEA's Governing Council on Iran's nuclear activities shows Washington's anger at efforts made by international community to settle the issue through dialogue and cooperation, and and also Iran's honesty and transparency in offering a comprehensive report to the agency.

"It is clear for us that such remarks before the IAEA meeting are aiming at affecting the atmosphere of experts' talks and the trend of technical negotiations and thus politicizing the issue," Asefi said. He hoped the member states of the Governing Council would answer Iran's goodwill and transparency in nuclear cooperation and do not let a country to dictate its own views and opinions on the authorized officials.

"The US should stop vaguely insisting on imposing its own opinions and views on others and we believe this is the first lesson of democracy the United States should learn," the spokesman further stated.

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