Iran to establish news agency for nuclear affairs

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10 December 2004, BRUSSELS/TEHERAN - Iran is to establish a special news agency for covering nuclear affairs with talks next week between Teheran and the European Union's so-called big three big - Germany, France and Britain - likely to be one of the service's first new reporting jobs.

10 December 2004

BRUSSELS/TEHERAN - Iran is to establish a special news agency for covering nuclear affairs with talks next week between Teheran and the European Union's so-called big three big - Germany, France and Britain - likely to be one of the service's first new reporting jobs.

Sources said the news agency was initiated by the Strategic Institute which is affiliated with the Expediency Council, a state body in charge for settling legislative disputes. The body is headed by former President Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani.

The aim of the agency will be a transparent and accurate news coverage of technical and political angles of nuclear issues under the direct supervision of related officials such as chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani.

The sources added that the nuclear issue is expected to become a major criterion to judge Irans standing in the international community and official believe that it should therefore be handled quite professionally and without any ambiguities.

More than 20 journalists, most of them with relevant technical qualifications, will be working for the nuclear news agency which will be available on internet free of charge.

Specialised news agencies in Iran are not unusual. There currently exist agencies for the petroleum industry, issues related to Palestine and labour affairs. 

Monday's talks in Brussels between Iran's nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani and the EU's big three will focus on Iran's decision to suspend uranium enrichment.

European diplomats said Rowhani would meet with Britain,s Jack Straw, Michel Barnier of France and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fisher.

The EU's foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana is also likely to participate in the talks along with the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei.

The IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors decided last week not to refer Teheran to the United Nations Security Council after Iran agreed in a deal with the three EU states to suspend its uranium enrichment programme.

The US, which has accused Teheran of secretly developing nuclear weapons is sill insisting that the issue should be sent to the UN for discussion of possible sanctions against Iran.

The EU has said that Iran will be eligible for a range of trade and technology transfer benefits if the short-term deal is converted into a long-term suspension of uranium enrichment.  

[Copyright DPA with Expatica]

Subject: German news

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