IAEA Experts to Check Iranian Military Facility Parchin

TEHRAN (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.

"The 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.

"There will be no direct inspections on the facility," said the source.

Iranian Foreign 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.’"

Earlier the 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 two years.

Despite US’ 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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Iran Believes There is No Need in Us’ Involvement
in Talks On its Nuclear Programmes

TEHRAN, 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.

"Our 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.

"Resuming 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.

Tehran and 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.

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’ peaceful nature.

"IAEA 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.

"Given 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.

Tehran had 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.

Iran to Continue Cooperation With Russia

TEHRAN (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.

"We 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.

"There 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 2006.