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Iran Threatens To Reduce IAEA Cooperation

27 May 2004 -- Iranian President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami said today that his country might resume uranium enrichment and end unscheduled inspections of its nuclear sites if the UN's nuclear agency fails to recognize its cooperation of the recent past.

The government in Tehran last week submitted a report of more than 1,000 pages on its nuclear programs to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It said it was acting in accordance with a protocol providing for an extra-tough inspection regime.

It asked the agency's board of governors to remove it from the IAEA agenda.

Khatami acknowledged today that this is unlikely. But, he said, he wants the IAEA to mention Iran's goodwill and cooperativeness in its June report to the board in Vienna.

Iran says its nuclear programs are strictly for peaceful purposes.

Washington has accused Tehran of conducting a program to develop nuclear-weapons technology.

(compiled from wire reports)