IAEA seeks more Iranian cooperation

The head of the UN's atomic watchdog has said Iran must be more open with inspectors examining its nuclear programme, which the US says is aimed at making an atomic bomb.

    IAEA's al-Baradai: Tehran must be more proactive and helpful

    Muhammad al-Baradai was speaking on Monday as the board of governors of

    his International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met one day after

    Iran's nuclear planners scored a major victory with a key

    uranium fuel supply deal with Russia.

    "We are moving forward, we are making progress," al-Baradai

    said while urging Iran to be more helpful to IAEA

    nuclear inspectors.

    "I would continue to ask Iran to be more proactive and

    provide us with information that can accelerate our work."

    Iran, Opec's second largest oil producer, says its nuclear

    intentions are limited to peaceful generation of electricity.

    Uranium enrichment

    Washington says the programme is a front to build a bomb. 

    Iran says its nuclear programme
    is for peaceful purposes

    Al-Baradai said the agency had been able to verify Tehran's

    suspension of activities connected with uranium enrichment, a

    process of purifying uranium for use as fuel for nuclear power

    plants or, when very highly enriched, in weapons.

    This, he said, "is a good thing".

    The IAEA's 35-member board was not expected to pass any

    resolutions this week that would condemn Iran or refer it to the

    UN Security Council for possible sanctions, diplomats said.

    The European Union has demanded Iran make the suspension

    permanent if it is to get access to economic and political

    incentives including telecommunications and aircraft deals and

    possible membership of the World Trade Organisation.

    Washington says Tehran must accept the EU offer or be

    referred to the Security Council for possible sanctions.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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