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12/04/07

Iran's top nuclear negotiator meets Russian counterpart

Moscow, Dec 4, IRNA - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili met with his Russia counterpart Valentin Sobolev on Tuesday.

The two discussed major regional and international developments as well as bilateral cooperation.

Sobolev said that Moscow is ready to talk with Tehran on all regional and bilateral issues.

Jalili, who arrived in the Russian capital on Monday for talks with senior officials of the country, felicitated Sobolev on the victory of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party in Sunday's parliamentary election.

"The massive turnout of Russians in the election indicated their support for President Putin's policies," he said.

Turning to Tehran-Moscow cooperation, he said bilateral cooperation could lead to carrying out further joint projects which would benefit national interests of both countries.

Jalili also laid emphasis on strategic cooperation between Iran and Russia.

The two officials then continued their talks in camera.

Elbaradei pleased with NIE assertion of IAEA report

Vienna, Dec 4, IRNA - International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on Tuesday expressed pleasure with report on Iran of US national intelligence estimates (NIE).

He said in a statement that he was pleased with the NIE report confirming civilian nature of Iranian nuclear program.

US intelligence report confirms IAEA findings, IAEA official

Vienna, Dec 4, IRNA - The report released by the US national intelligence estimates (NIE) on Monday asserting that Iran has no weapons program confirms validity of the findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency over the past several years.

The report "validates the IAEA's statements over the past years that inspectors have found no concrete evidence of an undeclared nuclear weapons program in Iran," said the agency's official in a statement.

He also confirmed IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei's assessment that Iran did not pose an imminent danger and that there is ample time for negotiations".

At the same time, the IAEA official stressed that Iran still needed to "clarify some important aspects" of its nuclear program, and work actively with the UN watchdog.

Hosseini: NIE report a good message for Europe

Tehran, Dec 4, IRNA - Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Tuesday that the US National Intelligence Estimates (NIE) new report on Iran can send Washington's European allies a good message on Iran's civilian nuclear program.

He added that Europeans can adopt reasonable and rational strategy instead of following its current biased and unreal policy on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Hosseini noted that the report includes viewpoints of 16 intelligence and security agencies based in America, which obviously acknowledged that Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes as Iranian officials have repeatedly mentioned.

"The report indicates that Iran's performance and the findings of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed non-diversion of Iran's nuclear activities," he said, adding, "The US administration's previous allegations against Iran have been baseless and fabricated." The spokesman added that the NIE report proves that the claims by US President George Bush and other senior American officials about Iran's nuclear program are unfounded.

He welcomed positive and constructive reports that are based on facts, saying that unfounded reports and unjust pressures could not divert world public opinion from technical and legal documents.

Hosseini also said that one of legal impacts of the recent NIE report is that referral of Iran's nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was illegal.

The US National Intelligence Estimates announced on Monday that Iran is not after building atomic bomb.

US expected to take into account NIE report on Iran

Tehran, Dec 4, IRNA - Head of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Tuesday that the US administration is expected to take into account admission of the US national intelligence estimates (NIE) in its policy making on Iran.

Boroujerdi told IRNA that the NIE admission of its mistake proved accuracy of statements by Iranian officials about civilian nature of Iranian nuclear program.

He said that NIE's former report accusing Iran of pursuing weapons program had been fabricated under influence of the Zionist lobby in Washington aimed at delaying international action against the Zionist regime which has stockpiled 200 nuclear warheads.

Boroujerdi said that Israel has put security of the Middle East in jeopardy and needs to divert public opinion towards Iran's nuclear program.

"Once again, Iran has proved that its nuclear program is transparent." The NIE report comes after International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei verified civilian nature of Iranian nuclear program on November 15.

In his report to IAEA Board of Governors, ElBaradei confirmed non-diversion of nuclear materials and that the answers Iran given to the Agency about the outstanding issues "support the documentation."

US in startling retreat on Iran, says UK daily

London, Dec 4, IRNA - The whole thrust of US claims about Iran's peaceful nuclear program has been undermined by the startling retreat made by its national intelligence estimate (NIE) compared with previous report, a leading British daily suggested Tuesday.

"US intelligence agencies undercut the White House yesterday by disclosing for the first time that Iran has not been pursuing a nuclear weapons development program for the past four years," the Guardian newspaper said.

"It is a startling admission from an administration that regularly portrays Iran as the biggest threat to the Middle East and the world," it said.

The newly declassified report confirming that Iran is not pursuing nuclear arms contradicts the previous NIE assessment made two years ago that alleged that Iran was "determined to develop nuclear weapons".

"The disclosure makes it harder for President George Bush, to justify a military strike against Iran before he leaves office next year," the Guardian said.

"It also makes it more difficult to persuade Russia and China to join the US, Britain and France in imposing a new round of sanctions on Tehran," it said.

But the daily believed that White House will still continue to try to intensify international pressure on Iran despite the failure to gain support to impose more sanctions on Iran over the past six month.

"The decision to publish the NIE is aimed at trying to recover the public credibility lost when the agencies wrongly claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the years leading up to 2003," it said.

With regard to the position of the UK, it suggested that Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government will try to claim that the report showed that diplomacy and in particular the threat of sanctions can work.

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