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9/19/05

IAEA Chief: Resumption of talks with Iran most likely

Vienna, Sept 19, IRNA-The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei announced in Vienna on Monday that there is hope for resumption of nuclear negotiations with Iran and hoped that the issue would be settled through dialogue.

Speaking to the media prior to the IAEA Board of Governors seasonal meeting at the Vienna-based UN watchdog headquarters, he added that Iran's 20-year unannounced atomic activity makes the issue more sensitive.

"Though Iran has submitted many documents to the IAEA and broad-based inspection has been conducted at the country's nuclear installations, we still hope for more transparent action in this respect," he added.

Turning to his recent meeting with the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani in Vienna, he noted that during the meeting, Iran's interest in continuing cooperation with IAEA was underlined.

"Confidence-building is of great importance for Iran and the IAEA Board of Governors expects full suspension of Iran's nuclear activities.

"The Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan is operating under the supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog," he added.

He noted that the IAEA welcomes any solution to Iran's nuclear program that will be acceptable to the international bodies.

ElBaradei referred to the change of government and the negotiating team in Iran and said that he finds the opportunity as a new chance for the negotiators and looks forward to their approach to the current crisis.

"I have not yet examined details of the proposed initiative of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brought up at the UN General Assembly meeting as a solution to Iran's nuclear crisis," he added.

Stressing that "inspection" and "confidence-building" is of great significance in Iran's nuclear issue, he noted that since nuclear activities have been going on for several years without being announced, such a confidence has been distorted to some extent.

ElBaradei pointed to the fuel cycle and said that he believes that the process should be under control in the whole world.

Terming supply of energy as a crucial problem in the world of today, he urged that the countries should be assured that they will not face any difficulty in supplying energy in the long-run.

He referred to the report he had presented on Iran's nuclear issue at the request of the IAEA Board of Governors and said that the approach of the Board of Governors member states to the document depends upon their judgment and political insight.

The seasonal meeting of IAEA Board of Governors with the key issue of Iran's nuclear activities started in Vienna behind closed doors on Monday at 10:55 Vienna time (13:25 Tehran time).

Though the meeting has officially been announced to continue for three days, it is expected to be extended for at least a week. This is despite the fact that Iran's nuclear issue is not on the direct agenda of the meeting.

However, the country's nuclear dossier, ElBaradei's recent report on it and referral of the case to the United Nations Security Council are among the most crucial matters to be discussed during the ongoing meeting expected to overshadow any other matter.

It is said that over 100 reporters, photographers and cameramen have registered to give coverage to the IAEA Board of Governors meeting and that the only matter of significance to them is Iran's nuclear issue and the board's reaction to it, which has been attracting great attention in the world over the recent months and years.

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