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ElBaradei: IAEA fails to make progress on alleged studies on Iran

Vienna, Sept 22, IRNA - Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammed ElBaradei said Monday that the IAEA has not been able to make substantive progress on the alleged studies relevant to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program.

"The Agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran. Regrettably, the Agency has not been able to make substantive progress on the alleged studies and associated questions relevant to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program. These remain of serious concern," ElBaradei said in an inaugural address to the IAEA Board of Governors' quarterly session here Monday.

ElBaradei said, "I note that the Agency has not detected the actual use of nuclear material in connection with the alleged studies, nor does it have information - apart from the uranium metal document -- on the actual design or manufacture by Iran of nuclear material components of a nuclear weapon.

"I reiterate that the Agency does not in any way seek to "pry" into Iran's conventional or missile-related military activities. Our focus is clearly on nuclear material and activities.

"We need, however, to make use of all relevant information to be able to confirm that no nuclear material is being used for nuclear weapons purposes.

"I am confident that arrangements can be developed which enable the Agency to do its work while ensuring that Iran's legitimate right to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information and activities is respected."

ElBaradei urged Iran to show transparency and continue with confidence-building measures.

"I again urge Iran to show full transparency and to implement all measures required to build confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program at the earliest possible date. It is now six years since we began intensive work to clarify Iran's nuclear activities. It is in everyone's interest that we should reach full clarity as soon as possible."

IAEA Board to study Iran's case in its Wednesday session

Vienna, Sept 22, IRNA - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors will discuss Iran's case in its Wednesday session, said a diplomat attending the IAEA session.

The diplomat told IRNA on the sidelines of the meeting that most probably a resolution on Libya will be released in the Board's meeting.

He said the resolution refers to the IAEA welcoming Libya's nuclear activities and its cooperation.

He added that on the sidelines of the meeting, the IAEA research in Syria will be investigated.

The 35-nation IAEA Board of Governors will during its five-day meeting, which started on Monday, discuss a host of issues such as nuclear security and safety and verification, the IAEA's 2009 budget, promotion of international nuclear cooperation, campaign against nuclear terrorism, nuclear waste management, atom for peace, Safeguards implementation in North Korea, the NPT implementation in and the UN Security Council resolutions on Iran and the NPT implementation in Libya are highlights of Monday meeting's discussions.

Saeedi: IAEA activities coming to standstill

Vienna, Sept 22, IRNA - An Iranian nuclear official said here Monday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohammad ElBaradei's Monday address to the meeting of the Agency's Board of Governors showed that the Agency is facing a deadlock.

"Alike previous IAEA report, one basic point is with Mohammad ElBaradei's address: As long as the country or the group of countries, providing the Agency with materials on the alleged studies, have not set forth the original version, the Agency will not be able to consider the matter," Saeedi told IRNA.

He said, "The Director General's speech revealed that since the country(ies), providing the Agency with documents, could not or were not able to present the original copy of the documents, the Agency can not naturally follow the right and legal way of proceeding the issue.

Due to the same reason, the Director General has asked the original copy of the documents from the specific group of countries so that the Agency would be able to look into them.

The problem, however, is the countries are not ready to cooperate with the Agency in offering the original copy of the documents. Of course, the original copy does not exist and what exist are the forged documents offered by certain countries to the Agency and put the institution in such a situation."

Saeedi went on to say that on the one hand, Iran has announced that is ready to have all kinds of cooperation within framework of its legal and judicial commitments and on the other hand, the countries hich have raised such baseless claims, are not ready to extend the original copy of the documents to the IAEA.

He underlined that as long as the documents have not been presented and the Agency has not been availed with their original copy, the issue would continue to face deadlock.

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