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7/8/05

G8 remains determined to resolve Iran's nuclear issues

Gleneagles, Scotland, July 8, IRNA-G8 leaders meeting in Scotland declared Friday "We remain united in our determination to see the proliferation implications of Iran's advanced nuclear program resolved."

"It is essential that Iran would provide the international community with objective guarantees that its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes in order to build international confidence," they said.

Their reference to Iran was made in a 6-page statement on counter proliferation issued by the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Canada and the US on the final day of their annual summit in the remote Scottish village of Gleneagles.

The G8 leaders said that they "welcome the initiative of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union to reach agreement with Iran on long-term arrangements which would provide such objective guarantees as well as political and economic cooperation."

As part of the negotiations to reach long term arrangements, the so called EU3 has pledged to offer a detailed proposal to Iran by early August, but no mention of this was made in the G8 communique.

The Gleneagles statement, which is non-binding on its members, only calls upon Iran to maintain the suspension of all enrichment- related and reprocessing activities while negotiations on the long term arrangements proceed.

"We reiterate the need for Iran to cooperate fully with IAEA requests for information and access, to comply fully with all IAEA Board requirements, and to resolve all outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme," it said.

The leaders also urged Iran "to ratify the Additional Protocol without delay and, pending its ratification, to act fully in accordance with its provisions."

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