Iran to Sign Additional Protocol and Suspend Uranium Enrichment and Reprocessing
Vienna, 10 November 2003 |
Iran's representative to the IAEA,
Ambassador Ali Akbar Salehi, today delivered a letter to IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei conveying his Government’s acceptance of the Additional Protocol. Mr. Salehi also informed
the Director General that Iran had decided, as of today, to suspend all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities in Iran – specifically, to suspend all activities on the site of
Natanz, not to produce feed material for enrichment processes and not to import enrichment-related items.
"This is a welcome and positive development," IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said.
The IAEA intends to verify, in the context of the Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol, the implementation by Iran of these decisions.
At its meeting on 12 September, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution calling on Iran to sign, ratify and fully implement the Additional Protocol promptly and unconditionally, and as a confidence building measure to act henceforth in accordance with the Additional Protocol. The Board also called on Iran to suspend all further uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, pending provision by the Director General of the assurances required by Member States and pending satisfactory application of the provisions of the Additional Protocol.
Also today, Mr. ElBaradei has released his report to IAEA Member States on the “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran” for consideration at the 20 November Board of Governors’ meeting. Unless the IAEA Board decides otherwise, the document’s circulation is restricted and it cannot be released to the press.