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Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (Photolur)
19 February 2006 -- Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has said Iran could consider a "comprehensive" Russian proposal on uranium enrichment if certain provisions are met.
Mottaki reiterated that his country will not accept any preconditions in its row with the international community over the aims of its nuclear program.
The comment came a day before negotiations are due to begin in Moscow on a plan to enrich Iranian uranium on Russian soil.
The talks are seen as the last option to avoid Iran being reported to the UN Security Council over suspicions that its nuclear program is aimed at military purposes.
Mottaki is expected to meet separately on 20 February with European officials in Brussels on Iran's nuclear issue.
(AP, dpa, AFP, IRNA)
READOn 4 February, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency approved in a 27-3 vote a resolution to report the matter of Iran's nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council. The key section of the resolution is Section 1, which states that the Board of Governors:
Underlines that outstanding questions can best be resolved and confidence built in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's program by Iran responding positively to the calls for confidence-building measures which the Board has made on Iran, and in this context deems it necessary for Iran to:
- reestablish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and processing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency;
- reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;
- ratify promptly and implement in full Additional Protocol;
- pending ratification, continue to act in accordance with the provisions of the Additional Protocol with Iran signed on 18 December 2003;
- implement the transparency measures, as requested by the Director General, which extend beyond the former requirements of the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol, and include such access to individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual use equipment, certain military-owned workshops and research and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing investigations.
COMPLETE TEXT: To read the final resolution, with late-hour changes highlighted, click here.
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