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10/4/03

Official: Iran and IAEA delegation reach understanding on cooperation

Iran's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Akbar Salehi said in Tehran on Saturday an understanding had been reached between Iran and the visiting International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delegation on the mutual cooperation trend, IRNA reported.

Assessing the talks as positive, Salehi told IRNA that at the meeting, further discussions for continuation of Iran's cooperation with IAEA was scheduled and both sides were satisfied with the trend of cooperation.

He hoped that once the process of joint cooperation gains momentum, the issues on the agenda will be settled as soon as possible.

Salehi reiterated that the commissioned six-member IAEA delegation which arrived in Tehran on Thursday consists of members in charge of legal affairs and that there are no technical inspectors among them. Earlier it was stated that the IAEA delegation expected to arrive in Iran consisted of technical experts.

The official didn't provide any further details on the understanding reached between the two sides.

The visiting delegation consists of several senior IAEA officials including deputy to IAEA director general for department of safeguards, Pierre Goldschmidt.

This is the first IAEA delegation to visit Iran since the September 12 resolution was issued.

According to the resolution issued by the IAEA Board of Governors a deadline has been set by the end of October for Iran to get prepared for further inspection of its nuclear facilities and signing of the additional protocol to the nuclear Nun-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

In response to the resolution issued by the Board of Governors and the pressures exerted by the US to dispatch Iran's nuclear file to the UN Security Council, Iranian officials called on IAEA authorities to stop politicizing the specialized technical issue.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said at the weekend that Iran's nuclear program should not be handed over to the UN Security Council, in which case things will get more complicated. Kharrazi said that Iran will sign the document provided it is guaranteed that the trend of Iran's nuclear program and enrichment of uranium meant to provide the fuel of Bushehr nuclear power plant won't halt.

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