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Kharrazi, Blair, Straw Discuss Iranian Nukes

22 April 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi today said that Tehran will continue to work with the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Big steps have been taken so far, and we hope that what has been committed will be exercised on both sides to finalize the question of the nuclear issue of Iran in the upcoming meeting of the board of governors [of the International Atomic Energy Agency] in June. This would be possible through close cooperation between Iran, the three countries [Britain, France, Germany] and the IAEA, and that's exactly what we have planned to do," Kharrazi said.

Kharrazi, on a tour of European capitals, made his remark after meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in London, where the three discussed Iran's nuclear programs and other issues.

Last year, the IAEA reprimanded Tehran for failing to reveal the full account of its nuclear activities. Iran denies charges that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons, saying its atomic program is for peaceful purposes. (AFP, AP)