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NAM discusses "red lines" on Iran's nuclear program

Vienna, Sept 16, IRNA -- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) began its discussions on setting "red lines" for its negotiations with Europeans and Americans on Iran's nuclear programs in Vienna on Thursday.

"We have to see how things develop and look at the (European) text and then we have to consult and see where our red lines are," the Malaysian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and chairman of the NAM chapter in Vienna Hussein Ghulam Haniff told IRNA here today.

Coming out of a NAM meeting with European representatives, he added, "we discussed the text that has been submitted to the group and we have suggested some amendments. So now we are looking at the new amendments."

Asked about the issue of trigger mechanisms which appears to be a sticking point in the negotiations between NAM and the European side, Haniff pointed out that in the latest proposal paragraphs 7 and 8 remain basically almost the same.

The above mentioned paragraphs refer to the trigger mechanisms for Iran.

On western media reports regarding a US-led initiative to impose an October 31 deadline for Iran's nuclear program, he said, "I am not aware of it because I have not been informed, but I have heard about it (October 31 deadline) on the corridors of the agency."

The NAM official once again stressed his group will remain "firm" in defending Iran's right to pursue a peaceful nuclear program.

China hopeful for final settlement of Iran's nuclear case

Vienna, Sept 16, IRNA -- The People's Republic of China said that the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the only proper forum to resolve the Iranian nuclear case.

"We hope that the Board of Governors, on the basis of the report of the director general, can work out something constructive and conducive towards the final settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue," Chinese representative to the UN nuclear watchdog Zhang Huazhu said in a brief interview with IRNA here Thursday.

The Chinese official reiterated that Iran's file should be kept in the IAEA's Board of Governors and that there was "no necessity for it to go anywhere else."

He added, "the IAEA Board of Governors is the proper venue and place to settle the issue."

Pointing to the latest report by the IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, Huazhu noted that there have been "a lot of improvements and efforts made by Iran and the director general."

Beijing has repeatedly made clear that it would not back a US attempt to take Iran's case to the UN Security Council.

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