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Iran embarks on consultations with European partners over draft nuclear resolution, spokesman

Vienna, June 14, IRNA -- Iran has launched consultations with three European partners over the draft resolution the three big European states presented to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over Iranian nuclear program.

Spokesman for the Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors meeting Hossein Mousavian said, "We hope to persuade our European partners to modify the text of their draft resolution to the Board of Governors."

The draft resolution France, Britain and Germany have proposed to the IAEA board of governors termed Iranian cooperation with the agency as insufficient and non-transparent.

Iran signed additional protocol to non-proliferation treaty in December 2003 granting intrusive inspection to Iranian nuclear sites.

Mousavian told IRNA in Vienna, "ElBaradei's mentioned two new points -- one, he said that he received new reports about P-2 centrifuges and is currently studying it hoping that it would be effective in final settlement of the issue and -- two, ElBaradei expressed hope that he would provide a report for the Board of Governors to finalize Iranian case within the next few months.

Iran has called on IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to ignore the unfounded US allegations about Iranian nuclear program and close Iran's case with the Board in June (the current meeting).

On the other hand, members of the newly-inaugurated parliament who holds a kind of mindset different from the predecessors are skeptical about cooperation with the IAEA. They do not believe in the trustworthiness of the agency and are lobbying to opt-out of cooperation with IAEA.

"We have planned to generate electricity from nuclear energy in line with the international criteria, the US says you should not. And the IAEA says the same thing in other words. Okay, let's see if it is worth cooperating with the agency," said an MP of the new parliament lobbying for opting-out from the protocol to non-proliferation treaty.

The fifth meeting of the agency's Board of Governors opened in Vienna on Monday. The board will meet for three days and according to its agenda, Iranian case will be examined on Wednesday and Thursday.

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