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Iran remains open to IAEA inspections

Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday that Iran remains open to IAEA inspections, IRNA reported from Vienna.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, Salehi said that political atmosphere tarnishes the expertise work.

He said that Iran will resist any propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear programs.

"We are sitting on a very thin edge. It could tilt one way or the other very easily," he said.

As a victory for Iran, the Bush administration last week dropped its draft resolution to be proposed to the Board to declare Iran in non-compliance of IAEA obligations.

"There was no other choice but to back down, because that proposal didn`t have many countries to go along with it," Salehi said. Instead, the resolution being drafted likely will call on Iran to answer questions raised in the report and provide full disclosure of its program.

IAEA Chief urges Iran to sign additional protocol

Vienna, Sept 8, IRNA -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei here Monday called on Iran to sign the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Speaking prior to the meeting of the IAEA board of governors, ElBaradei called for immediate inspection of Iran`s nuclear sites. The IAEA chief added that Iran`s nuclear activities will be the main topic of the session`s agenda. Elbaradei will present the session a report on Iran`s nuclear activities. The meeting of the IAEA board of governors will kick off with the participation of representatives from 35 member states in Vienna Monday.

Asefi: Rice's claims aimed at influencing IAEA`s board of governors

Tehran, Sept 8, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here on Monday that the claims raised by Condoleezza Rice, the National Security Advisor of the Bush Administration, in an interview with Fox News TV network are aimed at influencing the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency`s (IAEA). Asefi dismissed Rice`s claims that Iran is linked with terrorism, saying, "Tehran has been among victims of terrorism and has never been a safe haven for terrorists." He said the US must stop encouraging insecurity and poisoning international atmosphere. He added that the US` wrong policies have deteriorated problems and difficulties of the global community and now the US government needs more than in the past to revise its policies so as to bow to demands and expectations of the world public opinion. Referring to Iran as a country that poses a "serious problem" to the United States, the US President George W. Bush`s national security adviser Condoleezza Rice told Fox TV network on Sunday, "Iran has been a source for terrorism .. We will continue to tell the Iranian government to turn them over."

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