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ElBaradei: Iran's decision for cooperation with IAEA a milestone

Vienna, April 23, IRNA -- Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Wednesday that Iran's decision to have more cooperation with the IAEA is a milestone.

ElBaradei said that he hoped his agency will make progress in its investigation into Tehran's alleged nuclear weapons programs.

The top IAEA official made the comment in Sarajevo on Wednesday shortly after his Agency announced that Iran had agreed to cooperate with IAEA in its investigation.

Alleged studies is a clause of the last IAEA report on cooperation with Iran.

The document has been drafted on the basis of the US claims about Iran's nuclear activities.

The Agency had already announced that the issue cannot be part of the work plan agreed upon by the two sides.

It however expressed optimism that Iran will prepare the ground for access to a proper response to the issue.

Iran, IAEA determined to continue cooperation

Tehran, April 23, IRNA -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency will continue cooperation, said an Iranian nuclear official here on Wednesday.

"Iran and the IAEA will continue cooperation. As announced earlier, Tehran's policy is based on continuing cooperation with the IAEA within framework of the international body's regulations," said spokesman for the Iranian delegation to negotiations with the IAEA Deputy Chief for Safeguards Olli Heinonen, here on Wednesday.

The source said Heinonen's Tehran visit had been within framework of the policy for regular cooperation between Iran and the IAEA.

He said, "Iran has kept doors open for talks with the IAEA legal representatives and Tehran will proceed with its cooperation with the Agency as before." Iran's IAEA envoy Ali-Asghar Soltanieh represented the Iranian party to the talks with Heinonen, who left here on Wednesday after two-day talks.

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