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Iran's envoy to IAEA: No agreement signed by Tehran, Moscow yet

Vienna, March 4, IRNA-Iran's Representative to the UN nuclear watchdog Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said in Vienna on Friday afternoon that no agreement was signed during latest meetings between Iranian and Russian officials in the two capitals.

The envoy's remarks were made following a meeting of Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani in Vienna with Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei.

Speaking to IRNA, Soltanieh said that Larijani briefed ElBaradei on Irna's latest talks with Russian officials on Tehran's nuclear programs.

"In addition to Moscow proposal to enrich Iran's uranium in its soil, the Iranian negotiating team discussed Iran's nuclear programs in general with their Russian counterparts," said the envoy.

He reiterated that the two negotiating teams headed by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh and his Russian counterpart Sergei Kiriyenkov, reached "agreement in principle." Soltanieh stressed that "No written agreement was made" during Aqazadeh-Kiriyenkov meetings.

As for Larijani's Friday morning meeting with the EU3 foreign ministers and the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Vienna, the Iranian envoy said that Larijani has informed them of the remarkable agreements made between Iranian and Russian officials on Tehran's nuclear activities.

Soltanieh added that Larijani has also put forward a number of effective" offers to the meeting which would later be studied by the European officials.

Stressing that intense talks were underway in Vienna between members of the IAEA's Board of Governors and those of the Non-Aligned Movement, the Iranian envoy said "No major development will be made on Iran's nuclear case until Monday." Soltanieh also stressed that Tehran's negotiations in Moscow and Vienna would "effectively influence the next meeting of the IAEA's Board of Governors" slated for March 6.

According to the envoy, the NAM members of the IAEA's board have stressed that Iran's nuclear stand-off should be settled within the UN nuclear watchdog.

Merkel and Putin discuss Iran's nuclear program on the phone

Berlin, March 4, IRNA-Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Iran's nuclear program on the telephone, a German government press release said on Saturday.

Merkel has repeatedly said Moscow played a key role in resolving the nuclear row with Iran.

Russia and Iran have been involved in talks on a joint uranium enrichment project.

NAM members reach consensus on Iran's nuclear program

Vienna, March 3, IRNA-Member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) announced here on Friday that they have reached a consensus on adopting a shared stand regarding Iran's nuclear program in IAEA's Monday Board of Governors session.

The concession was reached following NAM members' past few days' several rounds of talks that ended issuing a joint communique on the issue.

The NAM sessions on Iran's peaceful nuclear program began right after IAEA Chief Muhamed Elbaradei presented his last report on Iran.

In NAM communique on the issue the IAEA Director General's efforts aimed at solving the crisis through peaceful and diplomatic channels are appreciated and hope is expressed that the remaining "few ambiguities" would be solved soon.

The IAEA Board of Directors would meet on Monday, March 6, and the most important issue on its agenda on that date would be surveying ElBaradei's report on Iran's nuclear program and adopting a decision on the issue.

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