Iran accepts suspension of uranium enrichment

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15 November 2004 , TEHERAN - Iran on Monday expressed optimism that the country's relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be normalised following agreement with the European Union's so-called big three - Germany, France and Britain - on a suspension of uranium enrichment. "We are quite optimistic that Iran's nuclear case will get back to a normal track following the agreement with the EU," chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani told reporters in Teheran. Iran on Sunday accepted t

15 November 2004

TEHERAN - Iran on Monday expressed optimism that the country's relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be normalised following agreement with the European Union's so-called big three - Germany, France and Britain - on a suspension of uranium enrichment.

"We are quite optimistic that Iran's nuclear case will get back to a normal track following the agreement with the EU," chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani told reporters in Teheran.

Iran on Sunday accepted the suspension of uranium enrichment for three to six months to pave the way for expanded political and trade ties with Europe, officials said.

Iran had been under pressure from the international community for months to halt its uranium enrichment programme which could produce materials to make nuclear weapons.
Rowhani also expressed hope that the United States' antagonistic approach towards Irans nuclear programme would change following the agreement with the EU trio of Britain, France and Germany.

The Iranian official termed the agreement a prologue for long-term cooperation with the EU which would serve the interests of both sides.

(British foreign secretary) Jack Straw just reassured me on the phone of the EU's seriousness in acknowledging Irans legitimate right for having peaceful nuclear technology within the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) charter and without discrimination," Rowhani said.

This is a huge achievement proving that Iran has not been after nuclear weapons and is even ready for voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment for building up global trust," he added.

Rowhani, who is the secretary of Irans Supreme National Security Council, further said that Iran has made objective guarantees" and in return received fair guarantees" by the EU on trade, security and technological cooperation.

Conversion of uranium and production of spare parts might be resumed under the supervision of the IAEA following the IAEA board of governors' meeting on 25 November, he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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