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11/21/04

Iran to suspend production at UCF of Isfahan, Natanz voluntarily: Aqazadeh

Tehran, Nov 21, IRNA -- Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh said in Tehtran on Sunday that Iran is to suspend Uranium activities of the Conversion Facility (UCF) of Isfahan and Natanz voluntarily based on an agreement reached with the European trio of Britain, Germany and France.

Talking to reporters after a meeting with a four-member delegation representing the Non-Aligned states in the IAEA Board of Governors, he rejected claims on accelerating enrichment activities by Iran before November 22.

"The Isfahan plant has a specified capacity and cannot operate beyond what has been planned.

"The plant has no enrichment activity. Raw materials are just processed there and it has started activities in this field since a few months ago"

The IAEO head rejected claims on Iran's activities in a hidden site in northeast of Tehran, saying "There is no place which Iran tries to hide it. We deny such claims."

He stressed that Iran provided grounds for IAEA inspectors to visit any site anywhere.

Aqazadeh said the United States and certain groups usually make propaganda against Iran on the eve of the Board of Governor's meetings.

Asked whether Iran has suspended production of UF6 (uranium hexafluoride), he added such activities are among the output of Isfahan which is expected to be suspended Monday.

He pointed to the outlook of Iran-Europe talks, stressing "I believe we will have very hard talks with the Europeans in the future."

He cited Iran's confidence-building as the main demand of the Europeans while Iran seeks continuation of peaceful nuclear activities.

"Iran has carried out whatever required for confidence-building so far.

"A country that implements the additional protocol (to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and cameras and inspectors of the IAEA supervise its activities, builds most confidence in the world," the official further stated.

He reiterated, "I believe Iran's Atomic Energy Organization has carried out whatever measures required for confidence-building. The Europeans should announce what they expect beyond implementation of the additional protocol and what has been specified in the IAEA."

Iran and Europe agreed to make effective progress within the next three months, Aqazadeh said, adding such progress should be made in the issues of mutual concern.

Representatives of Cuba, Algeria, South Africa and Malaysia along with IAEA inspectors, who are currently in Iran, on Saturday inspected various parts of uranium processing installations in Isfahan.

The visitors also inspected cameras installed by the IAEA to monitor the activities of the center.

Non-Aligned Movement members of the IAEA Board of Governors have constantly supported Iran's positions over its nuclear case and demanded that the case should be dealt with through a normal procedure.

The center is located at nine kilometers to the south of Isfahan.

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