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NAM and G77 envoys visit Isfahan UCF

ISFAHAN, Feb. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- Envoys from the Group of 77 and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) troika visited the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility on Saturday.

The group, which is on a tour of the nuclear site near the central Iranian city of Isfahan, includes ambassadors from Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, Malaysia, and Sudan, and the Syrian representative of the Arab League.

The visits have been arranged to illustrate the transparency of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Many Iranian and foreign journalists are accompanying the group to the nuclear site to the southeast of Isfahan that converts uranium ore into feedstock uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas.

The UN Security Council passed sanctions against Iran on December 23, banning trade in nuclear material and technology since Iran refused to stop its uranium enrichment activities.

Following several months of suspension, the UCF began operation under International Atomic Energy Agency inspection in August 2005.

Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, said that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons, adding, "If we wanted to deviate, we should have quit the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) long ago."

The Islamic Republic has done its utmost to clarify the ambiguities, however, it continues its nuclear activities under the supervision of the IAEA and within the framework of its statue, Soltanieh told reporters following the envoys' visit to the site.

There is no logic behind suspension of nuclear activities, and no one has been able to convince Iran to suspend, he said.

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