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Arak research reactor dossier not on IAEA agenda, diplomat says

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Nov 22, IRNA
Iran-Nuclear-Vienna
A western diplomat in International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday that the agency's technical committee did not place Iran's Arak research reactor dossier in its final agenda for presentation at its meeting to be held later Wednesday.

This would mean, as previously expected, that the committee is officially referring the subject of Iran's nuclear cooperation to IAEA's Governing Council to be discussed and finalized.

During all the committee meetings being held as of Monday in Vienna, Arak research reactor was the only controversial concern among members.

In this respect, European member states along with the United States, Australia and Canada appealed to remove the subject from the list of agency's cooperation programs and to defer any decision in this relation.

On the contrary, some countries including Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) member states, China and Russia insisted on the committee to finalize the case by itself.

In case Wednesday's committee meeting ends with passing the issue on the Governing Council to finalize Arak research reactor problem, speculations about exerting political lever to influence the decision-making procedures will gain strength.

Iran's permanent ambassador to IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh, accompanying NAM representatives in different speeches called on the agency's technical committee to avoid political levers in technical plans.

The policy-making committee in charge of technical, scientific and financial cooperation with other countries, today holds its final session while the agency's secretariat had earlier announced there was no difference between resolutions made at the committee or in the UN Security Council and the ratified technical cooperation plans.

AK/2322/1412



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