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IAEA Confirms Iran To Resume Nuclear Activities

1 August 2005 -- The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed today that it has received a letter from Iran announcing its official intention to resume some nuclear activities.

IAEA spokesman Peter Rickwood said the Iranian letter indicated the country would start reprocessing uranium.

Germany, Britain, and France had led negotiations for the European Union with Iran, promising incentives if Tehran ceased uranium enrichment. France today expressed "concern" at the Iranian move.

Iranian officials say the EU failed to respond to Tehran's proposals to solve the impasse in time.

IAEA Director-General Mohammad el-Baradei urged Iran to refrain from unilaterally moving ahead on sensitive nuclear activities and instead to continue negotiations.

Russia, which is helping Iran build the nuclear power plant at Bushehr, today called on Iran not to resume its uranium-enrichment program.

The United States has repeatedly accused Tehran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a charge that Iranian officials have denied.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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