Remaining Issues between Iran, IAEA to be Finalized in 40 Days

January 16, 2008

The remaining issues between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog about the country's peaceful nuclear activities would be finalized within 40 days, Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri said on Monday.

Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of an international conference on dialogue among civilizations, Baqeri said, "So far, three out of six issues have been finalized between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)."
He stressed that "positive and proper conditions" have been created for finding a final solution to the case of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Baqeri added that the positive conditions were created as a result of four major developments in recent months which he referred to as "the latest positive report of the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on November 15 (which verified the "non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran) as well as a report released on December 3 by the US National Intelligence Estimates (NIE) in which the body acknowledged that Iran has not been pursuing a nuclear weapons development program."
The delivery on December 17 of the first nuclear fuel shipment from Russia to Iran's nuclear power plant in Bushehr and a recent visit to Tehran by the IAEA chief were the third and fourth major developments resulting in creation of positive conditions for finalizing Iran's nuclear case and returning it from the United Nations Security Council to the IAEA.