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10/21/03

IAEA spokesman declares ElBaradei's optimism about Iran's cooperation

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said in Vienna on Tuesday that IAEA Director-General Mohammad ElBaradei is quite optimist about Iran's cooperation with IAEA, IRNA reported.

He told IRNA that Iranian officials have already declared that they will provide the agency with the information on Iran's nuclear program.

Gwozdecky added that Iran announced its readiness to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Additional Protocol during ElBaradei's visit to Tehran last week.

The Iranian officials had expressed their will for cooperation with IAEA, while underlining their legal rights to peaceful application of nuclear energy.

Iran has called for clarification of the ambiguities on the impact of signing the NPT Additional Protocol and has pointed out several times that it will ink the document once light is shed on all the dark points in this respect.

The IAEA Board of Governors has set October 31 as the deadline for Iran to present the required complementary information on its nuclear program to the agency.

Meanwhile, Iran is not committed to meet the deadline in view of its rejection of the resolution issued by the IAEA Board of Governors as illegal.

Some experts believe that Iran may even provide the agency with the required information before the deadline, once it is assured of future access to modern nuclear technology.

At present, the foreign ministers of the three European states namely Germany, Britain and France are visiting Tehran to discuss the issue with the Iranian authorities.

Given Iran's constant emphasis that it will not ignore its right to peaceful use of nuclear technology, if the visit of the three EU foreign ministers ends up in Iran's access to its requested modern technology it will be a great success.

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