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IAEA in full control of Iran's nuclear program - foreign ministry

RIA Novosti

15/12/2007 14:38 MOSCOW, December 15 (RIA Novosti) - UN nuclear watchdog is fully controlling Iran's controversial nuclear program, a Russian deputy foreign minister said Saturday.

Under an agreement reached between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in late August, Tehran committed itself to answering all of the agency's questions on its nuclear program.

"IAEA controls all nuclear activities in Iran," Sergei Kislyak said. "Iran will never obtain high enriched uranium..., while IAEA is there."

Western nations suspect Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons. Tehran has insisted it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity, as is its right under the international non-proliferation treaty.

The Islamic Republic is currently subject to two sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its defiance to halt uranium enrichment, needed in both weapons and electricity production. A further round of tougher sanctions has been blocked by Russia and China.

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said in a report last month that Iran had been truthful, in general, about key aspects of its "nuclear dossier," but noted that Tehran was continuing to work on uranium enrichment, despite persistent international demands to fold the program.

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