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Iran still determined to continue nuclear cooperation with IAEA

Vienna, June 8, IRNA-Iran's newly-appointed representative to the International Organizations Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh said in Vienna on Tuesday that Iran is still determined to continue bilateral cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear program.

Akhundzadeh made the remarks in a meeting with the IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei during which he submitted his credentials to the agency chief.

Tehran sees further cooperation with the agency as a way to promote its nuclear program, he said.

He stressed that Iran's nuclear program was absolutely for peaceful purposes and said the Islamic Republic was determined to boost its peaceful nuclear activities due to its economic needs.

Iran expected the IAEA to act according to its professional commitments free from political pressures, Akhundzadeh added.

He said Iran rejected any discriminations regarding implementation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and access to their rights by different countries and added that the agency should defend rights of all members and try to promote nuclear energy use particularly for developing states.

ElBaradei, for his part, confirmed Iran's cooperation with the agency and said several issues regarding Iran's nuclear dossier have been settled.

He expressed hope that the remaining ambiguities would also be removed through Iran's cooperation in the near future and the ground would be further prepared for the Iran-IAEA technical cooperation.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, besides its supervisory responsibilities, seeks promotion of the member states' rights to enjoy advantages of nuclear energy, he said.

ElBaradei reiterated he will continue his efforts to guarantee the rights of member states.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are among the international Vienna-based organizations.

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