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Chronology of Key Events

(January - November 2005)

NOVEMBER 2005

24, Thursday: IAEA Report on Iran´s nuclear programme. At meetings in Vienna this week, the IAEA Board of Governors discussed the Agency´s verification of Iran´s nuclear programme. It considered a report from IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei circulated 18 November. DG Statement | IAEA Board Report, 18 November 2005 [pdf]

17, Thursday: Iran Note Verbale on Nuclear Policy & Activities. The IAEA distributed a Note Verbale (issued as INFCIRC/661) from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran concerning Iranian Nuclear Policy and Activities. INFCIRC/661 [pdf]

SEPTEMBER 2005

24, Saturday: IAEA Board Adopts Resolution on Iran. At the end of week-long meetings beginning 19 September, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution on the implementation of safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The resolution finds that Iran´s failures and breaches constitute non-compliance and calls on Iran to return to the negotiating process. Adopted Resolution [pdf] | IAEA Board Report, 2 September 2005 [pdf] | Transcript: Press Briefing

19, Monday: IAEA Board Begins Deliberations. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei opened the Board of Governors meeting by addressing IAEA activities related to a range of nuclear issues. DG Statement

AUGUST 2005

26, Friday: IAEA Chief Meets with Iran Secretary . IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei met today in Vienna with Ali Larijani, the Secretary of Iran´s Supreme National Security Council. Press Release

11, Thursday: IAEA Board Urges Iran: Suspend Uranium Conversion, Re-Instate Seals. The IAEA Board of Governors has urged Iran to re-establish full suspension of all enrichment related activities and to re-instate the IAEA seals that were removed at its Uranium Conversion Facility in Isfahan yesterday, as part of a new resolution it adopted in Vienna this afternoon. Resolution: Safeguards in Iran [pdf] | DG Press Briefing

10, Wednesday: IAEA Confirms Iran Lifted Seals at Uranium Conversion Facility. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has informed Members of the IAEA Board of Governors that Iran has today removed the seals on the process lines and the UF4at the Uranium Conversion Facility in Isfahan. Also, in a briefing to members of international press yesterday, Dr. ElBaradei said he has called for maximum restraint, no unilateral actions, and continued negotiations by all parties. Full Story | Press Release

8, Monday: IAEA Chief Updates Board on Safeguards Developments in Iran. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has informed members of the Board of Governors that Iran today started to feed uranium ore concentrate into the first part of the process line at its Uranium Conversion Facility. The Board meets tomorrow in a special session to discuss the implementation of safeguards in Iran and related Board resolutions. Press Release | Communications from France, Germany, UK (INFCIRC/651) | INFCIRC/649 | Communication from Iran (INFCIRC/648) [pdf]

4, Thursday: Safeguards in Iran. In statements made this week, the IAEA has called on Iran not to start any activities before the IAEA inspection system is in place. Press Release | Communication from Iran (INFCIRC/648) [pdf] | Communication from E3/EU (INFCIRC/649) [pdf]

1, Monday: Director General Releases Statement on Iran. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has made a statement on current safeguards developments in Iran. Press Release | Communication from Iran (INFCIRC/648) [pdf]

JUNE 2005

14, Tuesday: IAEA Board Begins Deliberations. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei opened the Board of Governors meeting by addressing IAEA activities related to a range of nuclear issues. DG Statement

13, Monday: Director General ElBaradei Reappointed, Cites Iran Verification Among Key Challenges. At June meetings, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei was reappointed as Director General by the Agency´s Board of Governors. Speaking to the press in Vienna, Dr. ElBaradei outlined the challenges facing the IAEA in the coming years. Full Story | Transcript: Press Briefing

MARCH 2005

8, Tuesday: IAEA Board of Governors Concludes March Session. The IAEA Board has concluded its meetings in Vienna on nuclear safeguards, safety, and technology issues. In briefings to the Board and the press, IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei emphasized that IAEA inspectors are making "good progress" in verifying Iran's nuclear programme while underlining the need for Iran to be "more transparent". Full Story | DG Press Briefing, 2 March 2005 | DG Press Briefing, 28 February 2005

1, Tuesday: IAEA Board Briefed on IAEA Safeguards in Iran. The IAEA Board was briefed further today on Agency verification activities in Iran. Mr. Pierre Goldschmidt, head of IAEA Safeguards, updated the Board on work conducted since November 2004. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei addressed the Board 28 February on verification and other topics. Full Story

FEBRUARY 2005

28, Monday: IAEA Board Begins Deliberations. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei opened the Board of Governors meeting by addressing IAEA activities related to a range of nuclear issues. DG Statement | DG Press Briefing