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Elbaradei optimistic about the future of Iran's nuclear dossier

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Oct 20, IRNA
Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said on Thursday that he was optimistic about future of Iran's nuclear dossier and settlement of relevant issues.

In a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Vienna and Iran's permanent envoy to the Vienna-based international bodies, Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, ElBaradei said that resolving the crisis is moving on the right track and hoped that all the concerned parties would do their best to this effect.

Turning to the efforts of the UN nuclear watchdog to come up with an immediate solution to the issue, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate assessed the recent visit of his deputy, Olli Heinenon, to Iran as positive.

He said that Iran's cooperation with IAEA would clarify remaining ambiguities and called for Iranian continued cooperation with the agency.

"Given the technical aspect of the nuclear program, the agency is in position to play an effective role in settling the issue, said ElBaradei.

For his part, Akhoundzadeh referred to the remarks of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the World Summit in New York last September that Iran's nuclear policy is based on cooperation with the IAEA and said that Iran would comply with its commitments within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Safeguards Agreement of IAEA.

"Iran is prepared to continue multifaceted nuclear negotiations to reach a mutual accord and restore the inalienable right of Iranian nation to peaceful use of nuclear technology," he added.

The Iranian envoy hoped that ElBaradei and the UN nuclear watchdog would continue their efforts to avail peaceful nuclear technology to the world countries.

Meanwhile, he conveyed the congratulation of the Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani to ElBaradei on the occasion of winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize.



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