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    VIENNA, March 8 (RIA Novosti) - Libya fulfills all its commitments voiced on December 19, 2003 in the field of nuclear programs.

    This was said by Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the IAEA at a session of the IAEA Board of Governors Monday.

    In his words, Libya actively cooperates with the IAEA in the field of verification of all its nuclear programs and facilities, including in the cause of elimination of fissionable material and equipment with the help of which own nuclear weapons may be produced.

    Mr. ElBaradei emphasized that for the time that has passed since the official statement by the Libyan authorities about the termination of nuclear programs in the military field, the IAEA has got now a clear impression of these programs and of the atomic equipment.

    In the words of the director general, "Tripoli is already fulfilling all provisions of the additional protocol to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), though the signing of the protocol and its ratification are yet to come." In Mr. ElBaradei's opinion, Libya, unlike some other countries (transparent hint on Iran whose representative voiced Tehran's nuclear ambitions), does not intend to become a member of the "nuclear club", which testifies to the sincerity of the Libyan leadership's intentions to "take the country to the mainstream of the world's political and economic life."

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