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Parliament commission calls for gov't report on volume of Iran-EU3 trade exchange

Tehran, Sept 26, IRNA-Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has called on the government to present a report to Majlis on the volume of Iran's trade exchanges with the three European states which got a resolution against Iran passed by IAEA board of governors Saturday night.

"If such a report is presented to Majlis, an appropriate decision will be made on continuation of economic cooperation with the three European states (Germany, France and Britain) based on the stance of the EU3 and other countries which voted in favor of the resolution," the head of the commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, told reporters.

He said Majlis ratification of a plan to suspend implementation of the Additional Protocol was a major step towards transparency in Iran's nuclear program.

"The Islamic Republic has taken major strides towards showing its transparent nuclear activities and will make new decisions on cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Iran believes it has taken necessary steps to win the trust of the Agency. It allowed 1,200 IAEA inspectors to visit Iran's sites," he said.

Given the recent resolution passed by IAEA, inspection of Iranian nuclear sites by the agency will certainly be limited, Boroujerdi said.

The MP from Boroujerd said the plan to determine the volume of Iran's trade exchanges with the states which proposed and passed the resolution against Iran is the first step taken by the government at this juncture.

Asked about a decision by China and Russia to abstain from voting in favor of the proposed resolution, he said, "This was among the surprising events of the IAEA Board of Governors session because these two countries are two influential and important members of the board."

He stressed that the issue of Iran's withdrawal from NPT is not very serious, adding that the issue is out of question at present because "the Islamic Republic is against nuclear weapons." Boroujerdi further stated that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the UN General Assembly meet was very effective in preventing IAEA governing board members from reaching a consensus.

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