Iran-IAEA cooperation successful: official

November 4, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have had a successful cooperation, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Undersecretary for International Affairs, Javad Vaeedi, said here on Saturday.

“We have fulfilled the request of IAEA director general (Mohamed Elbaradei) to actively and timely cooperate in implementing the modality plan, with good intentions,” Vaeedi told reporters at a news conference with IAEA deputy director for Safeguards Agreement, Olli Heinonen.
Under the Aug. 21 deal, Tehran and the IAEA agreed on a timetable for addressing the remaining ambiguities about Iran’s nuclear activities. The IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei called the agreement “an important step in the right direction.”
On Thursday, Iranian and IAEA negotiation teams wrapped up four days of talks in Tehran, which marked the fourth and last round of negotiations over Tehran’s use of uranium-enriching P-1 and P-2 centrifuge machines.
It is the agency that has to certify the success of the modality plan, and of course “we prefer not to make any judgments before Mr. ElBaradei’s report is issued,” Vaeedi said.
However, certain countries, especially those which are opposed to the ongoing legal and technical talks between Tehran and the IAEA, tend to harm the process by making early judgments, he added.
New UN resolution will undermine Iran-IAEA cooperation
Vaeedi reconfirmed a position by Iranian officials that Tehran’s constructive cooperation with the agency will be negatively affected if the Western powers go ahead and introduce a new round of sanctions against Iran at the UN.
“While the Islamic Republic of Iran is continuing with the international atomic energy agency the introduction of any resolution will have negative effect on the course of cooperation (with the agency).
Proposed consortium cannot be an excuse for enrichment suspension
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has offered to create a multinational consortium to provide enriched uranium to the Islamic republic and Persian Gulf Cooperation Council members.
Faisal told Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) in London that the plan would mean Tehran could continue developing nuclear energy while allaying concerns over its nuclear program.
""We have proposed a solution, which is to create a consortium for all users of enriched uranium in the Middle East,"" he said.
While not rejecting the plan totally Vaeedi said Tehran will not accept a freeze on its uranium enrichment activities as its legal right.
“Any suggestion with the precondition of suspending uranium enrichment on Iranian soil is unacceptable,” Vaeedi insisted.