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11/26/04

Mousavian: Iran, EU have made very good progress in bilateral

talks Vienna, Nov 26, IRNA -- The spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors, Hossein Mousavian, said in the Belgian capital on Friday that Iran and the EU bloc have had very good progress in bilateral negotiations.

Talking to reporters, he said that the two sides will continue their negotiations.

"We are trying to have everything within the framework of the Paris agreement; that is, both of us are committed to meeting our obligations as worded in the Paris agreement," he added.

On topics of discussion with the EU countries, he said there were four most important issues being discussed with the EU.

"The first issue is on suspension."

Tehran has made it clear that it is suspending uranium enrichment as a confidence-building measure and not as a legal obligation, he added.

The "trigger mechanism" is the second important issue being discussed by Tehran and the EU3, Mosavian said.

"In our view, a kind of 'trigger mechanism' was inserted in the first draft resolution proposed by the European countries."

Although the Europeans have made certain changes in the wording of their proposed draft, it is still not acceptable to Tehran, Mousavian said.

The third important issue that is being discussed is Tehran's principal insistence that everything with regard to further activities of the IAEA on Iran's nuclear programs should be within the framework of the safeguards regime and the Additional Protocol, he said.

As to the last important issue, Mousavian said that Iran wants its nuclear dossier be closed by the IAEA after the current negotiations.

On the issue of centrifuges, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said, "We believe the issue is not an important one. It is actually a technical issue which is under discussion with the IAEA and the EU."

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