IAEA Director General Comments on Nuclear Verification in Iran
21 October 2003 | Last week during a visit to Tehran, IAEA Director General ElBaradei received assurances that Iran would provide the IAEA with a full disclosure of all its past nuclear activities. The Government of Iran also expressed its readiness to conclude an Additional Protocol. Today's news (following the meetings in Iran of Foreign Ministers from France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) is an encouraging sign toward clarifying all aspects of Iran's past nuclear programme and regulating its future activities through verification.
The Director General hopes and expects that in the next few days Iran will deliver to the IAEA a complete declaration of all its past nuclear activities and an official notification of its readiness to conclude an Additional Protocol.
UN Secretary General Welcomes Declaration
A statement was issued 21 October by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General welcomes the declaration agreed in Tehran today by the Iranian Government and visiting European Union Foreign Ministers regarding the nuclear programme of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He encourages the Iranian authorities to further cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to resolve all outstanding issues with the Agency
The Secretary-General appreciates the efforts of the Government of Iran and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom in working towards resolving outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear programme.
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