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11/21/04

NAM trio stresses international recognition of Iran's nuclear dossier

Tehran, Nov 20, IRNA -- Non-Aligned-Movement Troika and Head of Group of 77 and China of the Intentional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Saturday the international community should recognize efforts by Iran's confidence building measures regarding its nuclear program.

Representatives from Malaysia, South Africa and Cuba, - Qolam Haniff Klo Moula and Gabansa Rodriguez - as well as Tau Foroughi talked to reporters after they visited Isfahan's uranium processing facilities.

The troika represents the current, previous and future heads of the NAM at the IAEA, respectively.

Haniff told IRNA that Iran has been carrying out confidence building measures in line with the IAEA safeguard program.

Given that the articles of the additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation-Treaty (NPT) are more stringent than the nuclear safeguards, the international community should recognize Iran's actions in this respect.

"Unfortunately Iran's nuclear dossier has been politically motivated," he added.

He added that NAM is adamant on its right of pursuing peaceful nuclear energy adding "there should be a distinction made between commitments based on nuclear safeguards which have legal aspects and volunteer actions."

"Iran dossier should be resolved through dialogue and within the framework of the IAEA," he added.

Iran has carried out good cooperation with IAEA and has abided by all the articles of the previous IAEA resolutions. Hence there is no rationalization for sending the file to the UN security council, he said.

Decisions of the governing council are based on consensus and we cannot foresee a specific date for completion of the case, he underlined.

He said that in the IAEA Secretary General report all the issues except two have been resolved.

All NAM decelerations at the IAEA call on Israel to join the NPT and have highlighted establishment of a non-nuclear Middle East.

"Tehran needs to be forthcoming to allay concerns and for its case to return to normal."

Foroughi also said that the group of 77 and China have no problem with Iran nuclear case and regard Iran nuclear activity as peaceful.

Our observation from the Isfahan facilities are that the IAEA has an effective presence in the center, but due to politicization of the issue, expectations from Iran have been elevated.

Moula also said NAM prudence policies in the European trio of France, Germany and Britain moderating their stance on Iran nuclear dossier.

The 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 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 Saturday 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.

An IAEA official told IRNA here that no valid documents have so far been provided proving Iran's involvement in any unconventional nuclear activities.

"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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