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Iran, IAEA to draw up a Modality Plan to put an end to nuclear stalemate: Vaeedi

Tehran, July 4, IRNA - Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for International Affairs Javad Vaeedi said on Wednesday that Tehran and IAEA are to draw up a Modality Plan to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff within 60 days.

IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of Safeguards Department Olli Heinonen is to visit Tehran on July 11.

Speaking to reporters, he said the Modality Plan which is to be drawn up within sixty days depends on goodwill of the other side, he said.

Since the ideas on suspension of uranium enrichment are outdated, Iran, in recent talks in Madrid, has proposed new ideas for mutual cooperation with IAEA.

"We are not to buy time or kill it because we have already acquired the relative scientific knowledge in the nuclear activities," he said."

He warned that if some people in New York or among the Group 5+1 seek to issue a new resolution against Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, they are adopting an improper, hostile or destructive move to harm pace of cooperation between Iran and IAEA.

Issuance of a new UNSC resolution would harm the trend of talks between Iran and IAEA, he underlined.

To a question posed by IRNA reporter whether there would be any guarantee that the western countries avoid issuing any resolutions on Iran's nuclear activities, he said there is no guarantee to this end.

The EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana has accepted that the current negotiations between Iran and IAEA would continue, he said.

Iran takes practical steps with IAEA to resolve dispute

Iran has taken practical steps to resolve the outstanding issues with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vaeedi said.

The West pursues its old belief of suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran, but it will not help resolve the dispute, Vaeedi added.

"Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani has invited IAEA inspectors to visit Iran to resolve the technical issues with the specialized agency, preferring the IAEA to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), or "We would better resolve the issue in Vienna instead of New York."

After raising the plan, deputies of Larijani and the European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana held negotiations in this regard, Vaeedi said, adding that at Lisbon conference Iran and IAEA reached consensus to resolve the remaining issues in 60-day period.

"If westerners have ambiguities over Iran's nuclear program, insistence on old plans can not help resolve differences," he added.

Asked about the impact of the new plan being implemented in absence of the group 5+1, he replied, "We are working with IAEA based on our technical, legal and international commitments."

He added that Iran is keen on continuing negotiations with Solana, the envoy of the group 5+1, along with its cooperation with IAEA.

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