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ElBaradei to report on Iran nuclear case in mid November

Vienna, Nov 6, IRNA - Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei will present report on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities to the Board of Governors in mid November.

IRNA correspondent in Vienna quoted a western diplomat as saying that it was not clear when the report would be released but ElBaradei is expected to present the report on November 12 or 13.

According to the IAEA procedure, the director general will hand over the report to board of governors one week or 10 days before the board holds its quarterly meeting.

The upcoming quarterly meeting of the Board of Governors will be held on November 22 aimed at discussing Iran-IAEA cooperation on Tehran's nuclear activities.

Tehran has provided the agency with answers to the remaining questions on the peaceful nature and history of its nuclear program.

At the latest round of talks last week, Iranian and IAEA delegations held talks to address ambiguities on Iran's P1 and P2 centrifuges.

No evidence of N-weapons program in Iran, says disarmament group

London, Nov 6, IRNA - The World Disarmament Campaign (WDC) Tuesday warned that threats and sanctions being made against Iran were counter-productive, saying the elimination of all nuclear weapons was the only way to stop proliferation.

"Iran is within its rights under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) to develop nuclear power for civil purposes," WDC co-chair Frank Jackson said.

"No hard evidence has ever been produced that there is a program" in Iran to develop any nuclear weapons, Jackson said in a letter to the Guardian newspaper.

He said that Europe should have a "coherent and active policy towards Iran" and not threats and sanctions that are "most likely to do the opposite."

"The best - the only - way to prevent further proliferation of nuclear weapons is for the present nuclear powers to implement their commitment under the NPT to negotiate in good faith towards the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals," his letter said.

The WDC was founded in London in 1979 with the objective to promote worldwide disarmament, both nuclear and non-nuclear, to divert military expenditure to sustainable development, eradicate poverty and to protect the environment.

Its aims are based upon policies agreed at the 1978 Special Session on Disarmament of the UN General Assembly to implement a Program of Action against all types of weapons, that have been responsible for millions of deaths in the many conflicts that have racked the world since 1945.

"Had the permanent members of the Security Council, in particular, implemented their obligations, many of those lives could have been saved and the world would be a safer place today," the campaign group has argued.

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