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Iran says IAEA report contains nothing new

Tehran, June 6, IRNA -- Iran Sunday rejected a confidential report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying it was bereft of anything new about the country's nuclear program.

"This report has no new point; it is rather repetition of the past issues (raised by the IAEA) with a different wording," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told reporters at his weekly news briefing.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said in its confidential report Tuesday that Iran had acknowledged importing parts for centrifuges capable of making bomb-grade uranium.

Asefi said the IAEA had asked Tehran to clarify ambiguities regarding contamination of some of the imported parts and issues related to P2 centrifuges.

"Iran answered all ambiguities in cooperation with the agency, but if there exist more ambiguities, they are rooted in the pressures exerted by the countries which do not like this file to be resolved in a peaceful manner.

"This report indicates the fussiness (shown by the IAEA) and there is no sign of Iran's laziness and lack of cooperation.

"The report shows that there is no point in maintaining the status quo and that Iran's file must be closed as soon as possible'.

The report came ahead of a scheduled meeting by the IAEA's 35-member Board of Governors to discuss Tehran's nuclear case. Asefi said he was confident 'the ill-wishers of the Islamic Republic of Iran' would not achieve what they want.

The United States has been trying hard to report Iran to the UN Security Council on the charges that Tehran was pursuing a clandestine nuclear weapons program.

Tehran says its nuclear program is aimed at peaceful generation of power, challenging Washington to reveal any hard evidence it may have for its accusations.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman, however, acknowledged that IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei's report also contained 'some positive points'.

The report had praised Iran for 'providing access to locations in response to agency's requests, including workshops situated at military sites'.

Tehran has suspended production of centrifuge components as of April 9 as a confidence-building measure with the international community.

It has also voluntarily frozen its uranium enrichment activities since last October and signed a protocol allowing snap inspections of its nuclear sites by the IAEA.

The suspension followed an agreement signed between Iran and the European big three -- Britain, France and Germany -- for cooperation.

Asefi underlined 'extensive lobbies' being held and reminded the three countries of their commitments according to the 'Tehran Declaration'.

The official, however, was quick to add that 'no sign has emerged to show Europe's lack of commitment to the Tehran Declaration'.

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