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Iran, IAEA focus on action plan to bring ties on normal track

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 7, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on 
Wednesday that it was a good time for the visit to Iran of 
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei. 
Kharrazi told reporters after the cabinet meeting that ElBaradei 
exchanged views with Iranian officials about future Iran-IAEA 
"Iran and the IAEA agreed on an action plan which should be 
carried out by the next meeting between Iran and the agency and that 
Iran-IAEA relations should fall into normal track," Kharrazi said. 
"The action plan has three parties: Iran, IAEA and the Europeans. 
The international agency is keen on it and success will depend on 
cooperation of all the three parties," he said. 
"The agency is expected to fulfill its international obligation 
appropriately and not to allow the others to misuse the monitoring 
process. For its part, Iran should also go ahead with close 
cooperation with the agency. The Europeans should honor their 
commitments too to enable the action plan to succeed. Otherwise, it 
will fail," Kharrazi said. 
Asked whether ElBaradei conveyed a warning to Iran, Kharrazi said 
that there was no warning and that the visit took place as per 
"Iran has voluntarily suspended uranium enrichment and is free to 
resuming the work, because, it was done voluntarily and there had been
no requirement in this respect," he said. 
"Suspension of uranium enrichment took place as a confidence 
building measure. It is not something permanent and Iran is determined
to take advantage of nuclear energy for civilian purpose," Kharrazi 
Responding to a question about the performance of European 
countries consistent with Tehran Declaration signed on October 21 with
German, British and French foreign ministers, he said they exercised 
satisfactory cooperation. 
"Of course, it is a difficult work and we should not think that it
is simple. The atmosphere for cooperation has been contaminated with 
political goals," he said. 
A reporter asked about the meeting of foreign ministers of the 
Caspian states held in Moscow on Tuesday, Kharrazi said it paved the 
way for progress of negotiations about the issues concerning the 
Caspian Sea. 
"Final statement of the meeting included important issues -- the 
upcoming summit of leaders of the Caspian states in Tehran and the 
agenda of the summit. The foreign ministers also discussed the legal 
regime of the Caspian Sea and that the interests of the neighboring 
countries should be defined within the framework of international 
law," he said. 
"I hope that the summit which will be held in the second half of 
the current year, 2004, will help bring about serious cooperation in 
the region in different areas ranging from security, economy to 
shipping. I hope that an organization will take shape in the Caspian 
to resolve the problems by the regional countries themselves," 
Kharrazi said. 
On Iraq, he expressed regret at the current crisis in the country 
and blamed the US mistakes for the growing crisis. Iran never supports
violence and believes that the crisis should be resolved peacefully, 
he said. 
He called on the parties in Iraq to exercise self-restraint and 
said that the Iraqi people should form a committee to enforce law and 
"It is a strategic mistake if the US thought it would deal with 
people with the same tactic it toppled Saddam Hussein," Kharrazi said.

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