Experts to Check Iranian Military Facility Parchin
(RIA Novosti, by Nikolai Terekhov) – A group of specialists of
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived on Wednesday
in Tehran to take samples at the Parchin military facility.
delegation of Agency experts will be present in Iran for a week;
the main aim of the visit is taking environment samples at Parchin
to check them for radioactivity and, consequently, reveal violations
of international agreements in the sphere of nuclear nonproliferation,"
RIA Novosti was told in the Iranian nuclear energy organization.
will be no direct inspections on the facility," said the
Ministry official spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi said in the end
of last week that "Tehran has agreed to the IAEA taking samples
in the area and on the territory of the military facility with
the purpose of creating an atmosphere of trust and closing in
the future of the Iranian ‘nuclear file.’"
U.S. again, without providing any specific proof, said at the
last session of the IAEA Board of Governors that nuclear weapons
are developed at Parchin.
Iran is in
first place in the world in terms of the number of inspections
IAEA specialists conducted on its nuclear facilities for the last
and Israel’s accusations of Iran of intentions to produce an A-bomb,
the Agency’s inspectors have found no proof or confirmation that
Iranian nuclear programs contain a military component.
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Believes There is No Need in Us’ Involvement
in Talks On its Nuclear Programmes
January 17 (RIA Novosti’s Nikolai Terekhov) – Iranian foreign
ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi believes the United States
does not have to take part in talks on Iran’s nuclear programmes
between Iran and the European Union.
position at talks with the EU on the problem of Iran’s nuclear
programmes is clear – we are prepared for dialogue with all European
countries, while the US’ involvement is not necessary," Mr
Assefi said on Sunday.
relations with Washington requires that the latter meet a series
of preliminary conditions. The US, in particular, has to change
its policy with respect to the Islamic Republic. Therefore, nobody
in Iran believes that talks with the White House will be helpful,"
added the diplomat.
the EU are resuming talks on a trade treaty in line with earlier
agreements between them, which is welcomed by the Iranian authorities,
according to Mr Assefi.
is positive, the samples taken by International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) experts at the Parchin military facility 30 kilometres
south-east of Tehran will prove the Iranian nuclear programmes’
experts have taken several environmental samples at the Parchin
military facility in Iran. The results of the probe will be reported
to the IAEA leaders," said Mr Assefi.
we have not engaged in activities violating the international
agreements on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and are
pursuing peaceful nuclear programmes, the probe results will show
we are right," said the diplomat.
given its consent to sample taking to promote the atmosphere of
trust and with the aim of having Iran’s "nuclear dossier"
closed down eventually by the IAEA Board of Governors.
The US insisted
at the latest meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors that nuclear
weapons were being developed at the Parchin site without furnishing
relevant evidence and only citing satellite intelligence data.
to Continue Cooperation With Russia
(RIA Novosti, by Nikolai Terekhov) – Iran intends to continue
cooperation with Russia in different spheres in 2005, said the
Iranian government’s official spokesman Abdullah Ramazanzade.
maintain a good level of cooperation in the political, economic
and other spheres and intend to continue interaction in the new
year, as well as to carry out scheduled projects," he said
yesterday in an interview with RIA Novosti.
are no problems in Russian-Iranian relations," he said.
One of the crucial projects of Russian-Iranian cooperation in
economic and scientific-technical spheres is construction of the
first unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, now being completed.
The physical launch of the 1,000 MW plant is scheduled for the
end of 2005, and it is expected to be put into operation in early