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10/6/03

Iran's cooperation with IAEA favorable as before: IAEO spokesman

Spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Saber Zaimian said in Teharn on Monday that Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is favorable as it was before, IRNA reported.

Talking to IRNA, Zaimian expressed satisfaction over the outcomes of IAEA's two-day talks with its representatives in Tehran and termed such negotiations as "positive".

"It seems possible to reach the two sides' favorable answers earlier than the predicted time regarding mutual trust between Iran and the agency," he said.

"Required and demanded information of the International Atomic Energy Agency is provided to the agency's representatives," he added. Zaimian gave no further explanation on the details of such information provided by Iran to the agency.

He said IAEA Deputy Director-General Peter Goldschmidt left Tehran at the end of the first round of talks and determination of the main agenda of negotiations and inspections, adding the five-member delegation of IAEA representatives will continue talks in Tehran to reach favorable answers to the two sides' questions.

The spokesman predicted that negotiations and inspections of the centers that both sides agreed to be inspected will last for two weeks.

The six-member technical delegation of the agency arrived in Tehran on Thursday to hold talks with Iranian officials and experts. This is the first visit by IAEA' experts to Iran after a resolution passed by its board of governors against Iran.

The IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution setting Iran an October 31 deadline to prove it had no secret weapons programs on September 12.

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