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Diplomat: European countries have difference of opinion on Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 20 IRNA -- A Western diplomat said here Monday that there are differences of opinion among European countries as well the US on the EU proposed draft resolution on Iran's nuclear file to be presented to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors.

The official who asked to remain anonymous told IRNA in Vienna that the row has caused a delay in presentation of the draft resolution slated to be handed at the Monday's sessions of the IAEA board of governors.

It has been customary in the previous sessions to submit the draft resolution to the members so that they can then edit and finalize its text, but the procedure has not been followed in this session, the diplomat added.

He added that the representatives of the EU Sunday night discussed the proposal presented by the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well as the contents of the draft resolution for approval in the IAEA governing board but it seems that disagreements prevented them from reaching a consensus.

Also, a diplomat in the IAEA said that the members of the board of governors have so far not received the EU draft resolution, which is put forth by France, Britain and Germany.

He said that he is not informed of any disagreements among the EU members over Iran's nuclear file.

He said that Iranian president's proposals are quite important.

The European cannot ignore Iran's proposals and they could play a part in presenting the draft resolution that is due to be discussed.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday offered Iran's proposal on the country's nuclear program to the international community at the 60th meeting of the UN General Assembly.

President Ahmadinejad called on the UN General Assembly, the largest organ of the world body, to set up a special committee to compile a comprehensive report and draw up practical strategies for complete disarmament.

"The special committee should report on how the material, technology and equipment needed for production of nuclear weapons has been transferred to the Zionist regime in contravention of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and come up with practical plans to make the Middle East free from nuclear arms," he said.

"Certain powerful states attempt to lay the foundations of a nuclear apartheid system through discriminatory approach to the access of NPT member states to peaceful nuclear material, equipment and technology."
"Therefore, we are concerned that with certain powerful states imposing their full domination on nuclear energy technology and sources and preventing other states from enjoying such technologies, we will witness a wide gap between the powerful states and others and division of world countries into bright and dark nations in the future."
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