Iran’s "Nuclear Dossier" Far from Closed

WASHINGTON/VIENNA (RIA Novosti) — The United States expects IAEA’s leadership to get a "more detailed" information on Iran’s nuclear program in the coming days, US State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli told the media in Washington.

Mr. Ereli said that IAEA chief Mohamed el-Baradei in his Monday address to IAEA’s public session said the organization was probing into some aspects of the Iranian nuclear program.

"He [el-Baradei] said Iran had not provided some information and had not been cooperating with IAEA in several cases," Mr. Ereli said.

Meanwhile, Mr. el-Baradei’s, who spoke to the media in Vienna on Tuesday, stated as follows: "IAEA is working on the problems related to Iranian nuclear programs. I cannot name any timeframe for the dossier to be closed."

"We should get clear, unambiguous answers to all of our questions as to Iranian nuclear programs; we should work on two tracks – building the atmosphere of trust and assuring ourselves that all of the Iranian nuclear programs are under our control," the IAEA chief said.

"These two aspects of our work in Iran take time because we analyze Tehran’s nuclear efforts over the past 20 years. I would like to be done with these issues as soon as possible and, for this reason, I keep on calling Iran to cooperate with IAEA in a more proactive manner to help us to close its nuclear dossier," Mr. el-Baradei emphasized.

An IAEA director general is to be appointed during the meeting of the Board of Governors slated for June.

IAEA Board of Governors Chairwoman Ingrid Hall plans to speak during another meeting of the Board of "the state of affairs concerning the appointment of a new IAEA director general because the term of office of Mr. el-Baradei of Egypt expires on November 30 2005".

The Egyptian lawyer has been the head of IAEA since 1997, having succeeded known Swedish diplomat Hans Blix. Mr. el-Baradei has decided to run for the third term in office.

He is the only official candidate.

The United States are against appointing Mr. el-Baradei director general.

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IAEA Found No Suspicious Hardware in Iran

VIENNA (RIA Novosti, by Borislav Pechnikov) — Inspection of Iranian nuclear installations produced no suspicious hardware.

"In early January 2005, IAEA inspectors visited five Iranian nuclear installations of their choosing, finding no suspicious equipment" suitable for military application, IAEA Deputy Director General Pierre Goldschmidt told the closed session of the agency’s Council of Governors, with his statement published by IAEA’s secretariat.

According to IAEA, inspections of Iranian nuclear installations should be viewed as "a trust-building measure on the part of Tehran."

"Iran does not have to agree to such inspections whatsoever, still IAEA asked the Iranian leadership for permission to further monitor its nuclear installations and programs," an IAEA source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

The official stressed that IAEA Director General Mohamed el-Baradei "have underlined that there have been no proof yet that Tehran violates the tenets of the Non-Proliferation Treaty."

Conflict Around Tunnel Construction in
Iran to Be Settled Within IAEA

MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — Moscow hopes that differences on a tunnel construction in Iran will be eliminated within the International Atomic Energy Agency, says the commentary of the Press and Information Board of the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the tunnel-driving statement of the United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The commentary recalls that, in his speech at the March session of the IAEA Board of Governors, Deputy Director General Pierre Goldschmidt said that operations in driving an underground tunnel, of which Iran had not timely informed the IAEA, were discovered on December 15, 2004, during checks at the Isfahan uranium-conversion plant.

After him, State Secretary Condoleezza Rice invited the IAEA to check the suspicious activities of Iran.

"The Iranian side says that the tunnel information was contained in the updated documentation, submitted to the IAEA on December 13, 2004, on the Isfahan uranium-conversion plant and that tunnel driving has nothing to do with the process of conversion and is targeted exclusively at the safe keeping of nuclear materials", the communique reads.