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IAEA inspectors to arrive in Tehran on Thursday

Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said in Tehran on Monday that negotiations on Iran's nuclear program will get underway on Thursday after the arrival of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors, IRNA reported.

Commenting that all nations, including Iranians, are entitled to peaceful application of nuclear energy, he said that no compromise can be made on such matters.

He reiterated that Iran will not give in to any restriction to the peaceful application of atomic energy.

In reply to the question wether the IAEA inspection trend will be conditional, he said, "We have so far fully complied with our commitments towards the IAEA and continuation of cooperation will depend on the outcome of negotiations."

Ramezanzadeh pointed out Iran's readiness for holding talks on the issue, adding there is no cause for worry over further cooperation with the agency.

"We are prepared to fully cooperate with IAEA to bring to light the transparency of our stance in this respect," he concluded.

Iran ready to sign Additional Protocol conditionally: Kharrazi

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in New York on Sunday that Iran is ready to sign the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conditionally, IRNA reported.

Kharrazi, in an interview with ABC television, said Iran would accept the international nuclear watchdog's Additional Protocol as long as Tehran could continue to produce enriched uranium.

"Iran will sign the Additional Protocol if it is assured it can continue with enrichment facilities to produce fuel needed for the country's power plants," Kharrazi said.

"We want to make sure that signing the Additional Protocol would solve the problem and clear up all doubts and ambiguities," he told the program "This Week".

The Iranian minister reiterated "Iran is determined to expand cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)."

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