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ElBaradei's Iran report to IAEA Board of Governors

Tehran, Nov 16, IRNA -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei has released his report on Iran to the Agency's 35-nation Board of Governors, that is to start its meeting on Iran's case in Vienna, Austria, on November 25.

ElBaradei's report, entitled 'Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran', is as follows:

" 1. At its meeting in September 2004, the Board of Governors considered the latest report submitted by the director general on the implementation of the Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran (hereinafter referred to as Iran) and the Agency for the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the Treaty on the Non- Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (the Safeguards Agreement).

" 2. On 18 September 2004, the Board of Governors adopted resolution GOV/2004/79, in which, inter alia, it:

" * Strongly urged that Iran respond positively to the director general's findings on the provision of access and information by taking such steps as are required by the Agency and/or requested by the Board in relation to the implementation of Iran's Safeguards Agreement, including the provision of prompt access to locations and personnel, and by providing further information and explanations when required by the Agency and proactively to assist the Agency to understand the full extent and nature of Iran's enrichment program and to take all steps within its power to clarify the outstanding issues before the Board's November 25, 2004 meeting, specifically including the sources and reasons for enriched uranium contamination and the import, manufacture and use of centrifuges.

" * Emphasized the continuing importance of Iran acting in accordance with all provisions of the Additional Protocol, including by providing all access required in a timely manner; and urged Iran once again to ratify its protocol without delay;

" * Deeply regretted that the implementation of Iranian voluntary enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, notified to the Agency on December 29, 2003 and February 24, 2004, fell significantly short of the Agency's understanding of the scope of those commitments and also that Iran had since reversed some to those decisions; stressed that such suspension would provide the Board with additional confidence in Iran's future activities; and considered it necessary, to promote confidence, that Iran immediately suspend all enrichment related activities, including the manufacture or import of centrifuge components, the assembly and testing of centrifuges and the production of feed material, including through tests or production of the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF), under Agency verification so that this could be confirmed in the reports requested by the Board on paragraphs 7 and 8 of resolution GOV/2004/79.

" * Called again on Iran, as a further confidence-building measure, voluntarily to reconsider its decision to start construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;

" * Underlined the need for the full and prompt cooperation with the Agency of third countries in relation to the clarification of outstanding issues, and expressed appreciation for the cooperation received by the Agency to date;

" * Requested the director general to submit in advance of the November Board; a report on the implementation of this resolution; and a recapitulation of the Agency's findings on the Iranian nuclear program since September 2002, as well as a full account of past and present Iranian cooperation with the Agency, including the timing of declarations, and a record of the development of all aspects of the program, as well as a detailed analysis of the implications of those findings in relation to Iran's implementation of its Safeguards Agreement; and

" * Requested the director general to submit in advance of the November Board a report on Iran's response to the requests made of it by the Board in previous resolutions, especially requests relating to full suspension of all enrichment related and reprocessing activities.

" 3. The present report is submitted to the Board in response to these requests. Section I addresses questions relevant to safeguards implementation in Iran, including the development of Iran's nuclear program, Agency findings, implications, Iran's cooperation and an overall assessment; Section II addresses questions relevant to the suspension by Iran of enrichment related and reprocessing activities. The report also includes a list of locations relevant to the implementation of safeguards in Annex 1 and, in Annex 2, a list of abbreviations and terms used in this report."

... Payvand News - 11/16/04 ... --

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