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10/9/07

Iran-IAEA technical talks resume in Tehran

Tehran, Oct 9, IRNA - Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency resumed technical talks on the P1 and P2 centrifuges in Tehran on Tuesday. The talks are in the context of an agreement reached between Iran and IAEA on August 21 to resolve the outstanding issues.

Deputy SNSC Secretary for International Affairs Javad Vaeedi and deputy IAEA Chief for Safeguards Olli Heinonen represent the two parties.

Heinonen arrived in Tehran early Tuesday morning at the head of a delegation of IAEA technical experts.

Presence of Vaeedi and Heinonen in the technical talks shows the importance the two sides attach to fulfill their agreement, including the issue of the P1 and P2 centrifuges.

Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for International and Planning Affairs Mohammad Saeedi and Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltanieh are also present in the meeting.

The former round of talks regarding centrifuges were held in Tehran on September 24-25.

The IAEA put forward several questions on the P1 and P2 centrifuges by August 31.

Iran would respond to the questions and the Agency's technical team will write them down for further study.

The agency will have until mid October to study the responses and it would raise new point(s), if any, then.

The IAEA will sum up Iran's answers on the P1 and P2 centrifuges late October in order to present its final assessment.

Likely closure of the centrifuges P1 and P2 cases would open discussion on the subject of contamination.

Based on an agreement signed by Tehran and the IAEA, six issues, including plutonium, centrifuges P1 and P2, source of contamination, metal uranium document, plutonium 210, and Chegin mine, are on agenda of the discussion. Out of the cases, the files of plutonium and pollution in Karaj have thus far been closed.

Each of the subjects will be investigated one after another once the case pertinent to the former issue is closed.

The IAEA assessment will be available in November in IAEA Chief Mohammad ElBaradei's report.

Tehran expects the IAEA not to be influenced by certain countries' political pressures and act independently in case-by-case examination.

Iran had in the Madrid talks raised the idea of settling the remaining nuclear problems despite three resolutions issued by the UN Security Council, because based on international regulations, IAEA is the only competent authority to deal with ambiguities and questions on countries' nuclear activities.

Following Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani's political, technical and judicial talks with the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and ElBaradei, the two parties envisaged resolving the outstanding issues in less than 60 days.

Surprisingly, the breakthrough Iran and the IAEA have made in settlement of their dispute has provoked wrath of the US and its allies.

Iran's wise and logical decision, prompted the US and its allies not only to support the agreement but also were obliged to wait and see ElBaradei's report in November.

ElBaradei and Solana are to provide the IAEA and the UN Security Council with reports in November.

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