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ElBaradei: IAEA`s policy on Iran unchanged

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 6, IRNA -- The International Atomic Energy (IAEA) chief 
Mohamed ElBaradei said here on Tuesday, "The IAEA has achieved 
tangible results in performing its duties regarding Iran, and the 
agencies` policy on Iran remains unchanged." 
Elbaradei made the comment moments after his arrival in Tehran at 
Mehrabad Airport, adding, "I will discuss the remainder of ssues to be
clarified regarding Iran`s nuclear projects with President Khatami and
the other Iranian concerned officials during my visit." 
He said, "Since the IAEA`s Board of Directors wishes to hear a 
comprehensive report on Iran`s nuclear projects in June, I wish to 
clarify the great significance of the issue for the Iranian officials 
in this visit." 
Evaluating the general process of work with the Iranian officials 
as positive, Elbaradei said, "Uranium enrichment is among the issues 
I will discuss with the Iranian officials today." 
In response to a reporter`s question on his recent trip to 
Washington, and wether he carries any message from the US president 
for Iran, ElBaradei said, "Although I carry no message from President 
Bush for Iran, I personally wish the Iranians and the US officials 
would get engaged in direct talks soon." 
The head of the United Nation`s nuclear watchdog, IAEA, arrived in
Tehran early Tuesday morning to talk to some Iranian officials. 
Elbaradei is scheduled to confer with Iran`s President Seyed 
Mohammad Khatami and the Secretary of National Security Council Hassan
Rohani in Tehran on remaining issues to be clarified on Iran`s nuclear
activities. 
This is the third visit of the IAEA chief since the UN nuclear 
watchdog started its new round of surveys on Iran`s nuclear activities
in February 2003. 
Elbaradei`s last visit to Tehran was on October 16, 2003, during 
which he met and discussed issues related to Iran`s nuclear 
activities with President Khatami and Hojjatoleslam Rohani. 
Two IAEA officials, as well as the British Reuters, the French 
AFP, and the US AP reporters accompany Elbaradei in his day-long 
visit. 
Elbaradei is scheduled to depart Tehran for Vienna at Wednesday 
noon. 
The UN nuclear chief said on Monday on his way to Iran "We need 
to satisfy ourselves there are no undeclared nuclear activities in 
Iran." 
Iran has declared that its resumption of work on a key part of the
nuclear fuel cycle was not a violation of its commitment to suspend 
uranium enrichment activities. 
In a deal with the IAEA brokered last year by the European Union`s
big three -- Britain, France and Germany -- Tehran agreed to suspend 
uranium enrichment and related activities while UN inspectors delved 
into its program. 
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