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IAEA team due in Iran to discuss remaining issues: Spokesman

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 1, IRNA
A UN nuclear watchdog team would arrive in Tehran within the next few days to discuss ways to settle remaining issues on Iran's nuclear case, said a senior Foreign Ministry official Sunday.

"The two-month visit to Iran of the technical and expert team of the International Atomic Energy Agency will take place in line with talks held between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and the IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini.

Talking to reporters at his weekly press conference, he described as "positive" Iran's cooperation with the IAEA and said, "The move shows Iran's goodwill. Tehran is serious about whatever it has announced."

He said the visit to Tehran of a Russian contractor of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran would take place to discuss the remaining issues on completion of Bushehr power plant, in the southern province of Bushehr.

He stated that construction of Bushehr power plant has been completed by 95 percent, adding, "The visit is aimed at completing the remaining five percent."

Asked whether Iran has received any plan from Britain on its nuclear case, the spokesman said, "We have not received any plan officially."

On a two-month delay in discussing a possible UN Security Council resolution against Iran, Hosseini said, "We seek to continue the trend of talks. The more it is strengthened, the more we will distance from issuing resolution."

He expressed hope "countries which are after confrontation will seek strengthening of talks".

The spokesman stressed, "Iran will not welcome any resolution."


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