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Iran to limit cooperation with IAEA

TEHRAN, March 26 (Mehr News Agency) - The council of ministers has decided to limit cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said late Sunday.

The cabinet met on Sunday evening under chairmanship of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to discuss a bill approved last December by the Majlis calling on the government to revise cooperation with the IAEA.

The cabinet authorized the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to halt part of its cooperation with the IAEA until Iran's nuclear dossier returns from the Security Council to the IAEA, Elham said.

The decision came as the UN Security Council voted on Saturday for a new resolution introducing new sanctions against Tehran for its nuclear program.

The Security Council has demanded Iran to suspend uranium enrichment work. However, Iran as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is legally entitled to enrich uranium for civilian purposes.

Elham called the Council resolution "unlawful and hegemonic".

The decision will affect Iran's cooperation with the "subsidiary arrangements" with the IAEA, Elham told the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

These arrangements, accepted by Iran in 2002, meant Iran would declare any plans it had to build new atomic-related facilities

By limiting its cooperation, Iran would no longer inform the IAEA of new installations until six months before they are brought into service, Elham said.

President Ahmadinejad told the council of ministers that such resolutions will not cause a doubt or a stop in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities "even for a second."

The president said such resolutions will only discredit international organizations more and more.

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