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IAEA inspectors heading to Iran to verify nuclear program

Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA-Inspectors from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency will come to Iran in the next two days to continue the process of verifying Iranian nuclear program.

A Tehran-based official told IRNA on Saturday that the upcoming visit to Iran of IAEA team indicates Iranian determination to work with the UN nuclear agency to verify the civilian nature of the national nuclear program.

Iran signed Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2003 to give 'objective guarantee' to IAEA that Iranian nuclear program will not be deviated from civilian use.

IAEA Charter specified the Additional Protocol to NPT as 'objective guarantee' to ensure that nuclear programs of the member states are not be diverted to military purpose.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a press conference in Tehran last Saturday that Iranian nuclear program is in line with Safeguards Agreement of the IAEA.

"Cameras of the IAEA are installed on all Iranian nuclear sites, whereas none of the Western states allow the UN nuclear agency to monitor their nuclear activities," President Ahmadinejad said.

Asked about Russian proposal for cooperation in the production of fuel, he said that Iran is studying the offer and negotiations on the issue will be held in Moscow on February 6.

Commenting on extraordinary meeting of IAEA Board of Governors on February 2-3, he said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will proceed with diplomatic drive with the UN nuclear agency and Non-Aligned members and other nations of the governing board.

He said that Iran is also ready to go ahead with negotiations with the European Union.

"Iran is ready for talks. Of course, inspection of the UN nuclear agency is taking place independent of Iran-EU talks to verify the nuclear program."

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