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Foreign Minister: Iran's decision subject to IAEA's meeting results

Tehran, June 16, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here Wednesday that Iran's decision on nuclear issue is subject to the negotiations and results of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting.

"We have to wait to see the results of the Board of Governors' meeting in order to adopt an appropriate decision," added Kharrazi at the end of the cabinet session.

He referred to the commitments of the three European countries (France, Germany and Britain) and stressed, "The commitments are bilateral. If the Europeans do not act in accordance with their commitments then there is no reason for Iran to abide by its commitment unilaterally."

The draft resolution proposed by the European states in the G-8 summit to the IAEA is as the outcome of US pressure, he declared.

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami sent a letter to the heads of state of the three European countries and stressing that the commitments must be bilateral, said Kharrazi.

A draft resolution prepared by Germany, France and Britain for an IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna this week called on Iran for the prompt ratification of the additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Kharrazi stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is entitled to use peaceful nuclear energy and considers it as its legitimate right.

The inspectors of the IAEA inspected the facilities they wished to inspect, underlined Kharrazi, adding, "We are not seeking nuclear weapons."

He stressed that many issues in Iran's nuclear case is proved clear to the UN nuclear agency and only some trivial issues remain.

The remaining issues in Iran's nuclear case have been masterminded by political considerations and are beyond legal and technical issues, said Kharrazi.

He underlined on securing Iran's territorial integrity and independence and rejected foreign interference in the country's domestic affairs.

Iran has uranium enrichment project and will have: Khatami

Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said in Tehran on Wednesday that Iran has project for uranium enrichment to provide fuel for nuclear power plants, and will have it in the future.

Talking to foreign and domestic reporters at the end of cabinet session, Khatami added Iran is determined to possess nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

On the claims raised in the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran's nuclear program, he said, "We had no concerns over the issue because we are a member state of the (Non-Proliferation Treaty) NPT and the agency, and do not intend to withdraw from the NPT."

"The government signed the NPT Additional Protocol which further cleared the way for inspections and it should run its due course," he noted.

"The government should have technical deliberations in this regard," he said, adding that the issue will be sent to the parliament (Majlis) after being approved by the government and then will be submitted to the Guardian Council.

"We will never act against the law," Khatami stressed.

Rezaei: Iran's cooperation with IAEA not because of weakness

Iran's cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog is not because of Tehran's weakness, fear or concern, said Secretary of State Expediency Council (SEC) Mohsen Rezaei in Mashhad on Tuesday afternoon.

Rezaei told reporters in this northeastern capital city of Khorassan province that the Islamic Republic was cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) because it "believes in (maintaining) international order and stability."

He stressed that Tehran would continue its cooperation with European countries based on its previous commitments.

The Iranian official went on to say that the European powers should, in return, keep the words they had made in regards to Iran.

Touching upon the "words" made by the Europeans, Rezaei said They had committed to help Iran find access to nuclear technology for peaceful means, in case the country cooperates with Europe.

"Now that Iran is cooperating with the Europeans," Rezaei said, "They must fulfill their commitments."

The EU trio (Britain, Germany and France) have reportedly changed the text of an original draft resolution on Iran on Tuesday after a day of consultation.

The Original text asked Iran to "reverse its decisions" to begin operating a uranium conversion facility near the central city of Isfahan and building a heavy-water reactor near the city of Arak, in central Iran.

The new version, however, only asks Iran to "reconsider" its nuclear plan, the reports say.

Meanwhile, President Mohammad Khatami in a letter to the leaders of France, Germany and Britain yesterday accused the EU trio of working with Tehran's arch-foe Washington to exert pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Khatami said that if the three European powers refused to soften the resolution on Iran, Tehran would in return, "consider its different options."

IAEA is due to declare its final resolution on Iran's case within the next couple of days.

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