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Iran Insists It Is Abiding By IAEA Standards

5 July 2004 -- Iran reiterated its promise today to stand by all of its international nuclear obligations.

Iran's nuclear chief told visiting Russian Security Council head Igor Ivanov in Tehran today that the country has fulfilled all of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) demands and will continue to do so.

Iran recently announced that it does not intend to abide by an agreement reached with European countries in 2003 to halt all uranium-enrichment activities in exchange for closer ties. Tehran said Europe has not kept its side of the deal.

Russia is currently aiding the construction in Iran of a nuclear power plan at Bushehr, a project that has been criticized by the United States. Both Tehran and Moscow say the plant can only be used for civilian purposes.