Iran may allow more IAEA supervision: report

July 3rd, 2008 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, July 3 (DPA) Iran might give the go-ahead for more supervision of its nuclear sites by the UN nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), ISNA news agency reported Thursday. The news agency said that in case of resumption of talks between Iran and the five UN veto powers plus Germany (5+1), strengthening the supervision of the IAEA of Iranian nuclear sites could be on the agenda.

Iran currently cooperates with the IAEA on the basis of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and more supervision could mean that Tehran might resume implementation of the IAEA Additional Protocol, which, contrary to the NPT basis, would also allow snap inspections of all nuclear sites.

ISNA, which did not mention from where it gained its information, further wrote Iran would also vow for realization of nuclear disarmament worldwide and more guarantees by all countries that nuclear activities would not be deviated towards military projects.

Another aspect raised by ISNA was Iran’s willingness for joint cooperation in achieving peaceful nuclear technology, including guaranteeing technological and financial aid for Iran’s nuclear projects and resumption of technical cooperation by the IAEA.

The IAEA technical cooperation with Iran was cut after the Islamic state defied to follow the UN Security Council demand to suspend uranium enrichment.

The report however did not refer to the main 5+1 demand from Iran - also raised within the latest incentive package presented last month by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana to Tehran - which is enrichment suspension.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told US media in New York that Iran saw “a new capacity to arrive at a comprehensive and multifaceted approach” but refrained to refer to the key issue of enrichment suspension.

The issue of temporary suspension is said to have been raised during Solana’s visit to Tehran but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has several times stressed that Iran would not suspend enrichment even short-termed and not accept this as pre-condition for talks.

There are however indications inside Iran that the country was seeking a way to resume talks with the world powers with another compromise without giving up its principled stance of not giving in to the suspension demand.

Observers believe that the only alternative for getting out of the dead end would be Iran’s readiness to resume the IAEA Additional Protocol but Solana several times stressed in Tehran that the main condition by 5+1 for resuming talks with Iran would be enrichment suspension.

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