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6/27/04

Iran to manufacture centrifuges parts under IAEA supervision: FM Spokesman

Tehran, June 27, IRNA -- Iran will manufacture and assemble centrifuges' parts under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday.

Addressing reporters at his weekly press conference, Asefi stressed Iran's commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its additional protocol as well as the safeguard.

"If there were any ill intention, we would not send a transparent letter," he said.

Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani wrote a letter to Europe's big three -- Germany, Britain and France -- on the country's dossier in the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog.

Asefi stressed continuation of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA and European states and said, "IAEA inspectors will do their job as before and will face no problems in the future as they were provided with all facilities."

"The issue of cooperation should be bilateral. We prefer the language of understanding and friendship to that of intimidation and threat.

"Despite the fact that the Brussels agreement was violated by the Europe, we will continue our negotiations with them," the spokesman said.

He assessed the Europe's measure regarding Iran's nuclear dossier as deplorable and stressed, "Tehran finds no reason to remain committed to the Brussels statement."

"In the Brussels meeting, Iran decided to stop manufacturing and assembling centrifuges voluntarily and the European side was to close Iran's case in the June meeting," Asefi said, adding "The European did not keep their commitment."

"So, we are neither morally nor reasonably committed to insist on confidence-building," Asefi added.

He expressed his surprise at the violation of the three European states of their commitment.

The spokesman pointed to the US efforts to raise problems and cause discord between Iran and the IAEA and said, "The United States cannot prove its claims as it was the case with the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

"Accusation posed against Iran is a similar case."

"The United States allows itself to accuse every country because the world demands no proof and evidence," he further stated.

Asefi said Iran told the agency and the EU's big three that the country will resume manufacturing centrifuges components on June 29.

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