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11/20/04

Non-aligned and G-77 delegation heading for Iran on nuclear mission

Vienna, Nov 20, IRNA -- A four-member delegation representing the Non-aligned states in the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as the G-77 group countries left Vienna for Iran Friday night for a three-day official visit.

The Non-aligned members of the IAEA's Board of Governors have constantly supported Iran's positions over its nuclear case and demanded that the case should go through a normal procedure.

An Iranian diplomat in the IAEA told IRNA here that the delegation which includes ambassadors of Malaysia, Cuba and South Africa as well as Algeria who heads the G-77 group in the IAEA are travelling to Iran upon an official invitation of Iranian officials.

He said the four ambassadors are to confer with top Iranian authorities during their stay in Tehran.

According to the diplomat, the visit aims at providing the opportunity for the IAEA to get precise information on the views of the Iranian officials on the nuclear activities. The delegation is scheduled to visit Isfahan's nuclear installations as well.

An IAEA official told IRNA here that no valid documents have so far been provided proving Iran's involvement in any unconventional nuclear activities. However, he stressed, this in no way could cancel the inspection visit to certain places.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Thursday rejected the allegations made by the outlaw (MKO) grouplet on Tehran's nuclear activities and called them false claims. Asefi stressed that from Tehran's view point, "such claims are false, worthless and repetitive" and are aimed at destroying the existing "positive atmosphere" on the eve of the upcoming meeting of the International Atomic energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors.

He further remarked that the allegations are coming after Iran and the European big Three (Britain, France and Germany) have signed a nuclear deal in Paris and the chairman of the UN nuclear watchdog Mohammed ELBaradei provided a "realistic report" over Tehran's nuclear activities.

The "discredited terrorist MKO" had made such fabrications in the past in order to curry favour with the western governments which have long put it on the list of terrorist groups and organizations, Asefi noted.

"Iran is not involved in any secret nuclear activity and the IAEA is clear about it," reiterated the spokesman.

The IAEA's 35-nation board of governors will next Thursday begin deliberation on the Iranian question.

Malaysia, Cuba and South Africa are the so-called troika leaders of the Non-aligned states on the IAEA board. Algeria is chairman at the IAEA of the G-77 group. The group of G-77 is the largest third world coalition in the United Nations.

Iran's agreement with suspending uranium enrichment activities, which is set to begin on Monday, responds to a resolution adopted by IAEA in September which calls on Iran to halt key parts of the nuclear fuel cycle.

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