IRAN TO CONTINUE COOPERATION WITH IAEA

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TEHRAN, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami confirmed the country's intent to continue the cooperation with the IAEA towards settling the problem of the Iranian nuclear programs, said the presidential administration's press service on Tuesday.

"We appreciate the position of India and member-states of the Non-Aligned Movement on the problem of the Iranian nuclear programs within the framework of the IAEA Board and intend to continue the cooperation with the Agency towards settling all remaining issues", stated Mr. Khatami at a meeting with the Indian president's national security advisor Dixit.

The Iranian president confirmed the peaceful nature of the nuclear technologies being developed in the country and emphasized that "this kind of activities is Iran's lawful right".

The sides discussed the issues of strengthening the cooperation in the area of regional stability, security and economy.

Representatives of three European states - Great Britain, France and Germany are expected to arrive in Iran this week to meet the leadership of the Islamic Republic and to discuss the new initiatives of the European Union on settling the problem of the Iranian "nuclear file".

At the same time, participation of the IAEA representatives in the talks is not subject to any discussion.

Specific proposals will be made public during the scheduled visit. According to the local and foreign mass media, the Europeans intend to offer supplies of nuclear fuel and state-of-the-art nuclear technologies to Iran in exchange for Tehran's giving up development of the full nuclear cycle in the country.

Iran's vice-president and head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Qolam Reza Aqazadeh has already stated that the EU proposals that will limit development of the Iranian nuclear programs are unacceptable.

"The EU proposals on the further cooperation towards settling the problem of the Iranian programs will not be accepted, ifthey provide for complete shutdown of the works on uranium enrichment", stated Mr. Aqazadeh.

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