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Iran says will continue to cooperate with IAEA

September 2, 2005

Iran says will continue to cooperate with IAEA

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said on Friday an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran's atomic programme contained some negative points but Tehran would continue to cooperate with the agency. 

"This report has both positive and negative points," Ali Larijani told state television. "Because of Iran's close cooperation with the agency ... fortunately many of the questions have been answered from a legal and technical point of view." 

"There are some minor questions remaining and our cooperation with the agency will continue in order to answer those questions," he added. 

Larijani said some elements of the report were there because of pressure exerted by the United States and its allies. Washington accuses Iran of trying to develop a covert nuclear weapons programme. Tehran says its atomic facilities will be used only for peaceful purposes. 

"Demanding things beyond their (the IAEA's) legal authority and the safeguards ... are merely political tendencies and Iran will not pay attention or deem them important at all," said Larijani, apparently referring to references in the report to the resumption of uranium conversion at Iran's Isfahan plant last month. 

EU officials have said they will try to send Iran's nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action if it does not halt work at Isfahan. 

But Tehran says it has every right to develop a full nuclear fuel cycle as a signatory of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and that its previous suspension of uranium conversion was entirely voluntary. 

"We will cooperate with the agency in the framework of its regulations and no more," Larijani said. 


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