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    NUCLEAR PROGRAMS OF IRAN AND LIBYA ARE THE MAIN TOPIC OF IAEA BOARD OF GOVERNORS SESSION

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    VIENNA, March 8 (RIA Novosti) - The nuclear programs of Iran and Libya will be the main topic of an IAEA Board of Governors session opening on Monday in the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said a source in the IAEA in the Austrian capital.

    It said on Monday IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei will submit to the board of governors a regular report on the above-mentioned problems so that after a thorough discussion the board could adopt a resolution and inform the world community of the state of the nuclear programs of Iran and Libya and of the scenario of cooperation between Tehran and Tripoli with the IAEA.

    IAEA spokesperson Melissa Fleming said in Vienna that the issue of the danger of proliferation of nuclear weapons and equipment received by Iran and Libya from Pakistan via black market channels will be raised as well.

    The IAEA Board of Governors intends to thoroughly analyze the problem of nuclear technology leakage and centrifuge deliveries for uranium enrichment from the "father of the Islamic A-bomb", Pakistani scientist Abdul Kadyr Khan.

    Shortly before the session, Libya demonstrated once again its desire to eliminate its nuclear programs and equipment and sign an additional protocol to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which gives IAEA inspectors the right to suddenly check any facilities on Libyan territory. On the instruction of the Libyan government, 500 metric tons of nuclear equipment, including parts of laser centrifuges designed for projects to enrich uranium and produce weapons-grade plutonium were taken to the U.S. A relevant agreement was reached between the leaders of Libya, the U.S., Great Britain, and the IAEA.

    Tripoli is expected to sign the additional protocol to the NPT during the work of the IAEA Board of Governors. Earlier, Tehran agreed to do so after long discussions.

    Shortly before the opening of the IAEA board of governors session, the U.S. is accusing Iran of secret attempts to create nuclear weapons. The American administration's claims are focused on the fact that Iran has more modern than previously thought nuclear equipment, in particular, P-2 centrifuges.

    On its part, Tehran insists on its sovereign right to develop its peaceful nuclear power industry, and the IAEA supports it in that.

    A source in the IAEA told RIA Novosti that the U.S. and a number of other Board of Governors member countries will suggest a draft resolution, according to which "the Iranian nuclear dossier" will be sent to the UN Security Council. The SC will consider the issue on the sanctions in regard to Tehran. On its part, Iran already said it will "resume the work to enrich uranium and revise cooperation with the Agency in case the IAEA Board of Governors does not close the 'Iranian nuclear dossier' once and for all."

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