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Iranian Diplomat Quits Nuclear Negotiating Team

5 October 2005 -- An Iranian diplomat has resigned as a member of the country's nuclear negotiating team.

Iran's state-run news agency, IRNA, reported that Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is ambassador to the United Nations, quit the team. The report did not say why.

Zarif is widely considered as a moderating influence over foreign policy and favours improving ties with the West.

Last month, the IAEA's board of governors passed a resolution saying Tehran is not in compliance with nuclear proliferation safeguards -- which could prompt the case to be sent to the UN Security Council.


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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