Iran releases nuclear information

06 October 2003
Iran started releasing information on 6 October about the imports of equipment destined for its nuclear programmes. 'We have already given a list of imported parts that were bought through intermediaries, and we are in the process of finishing this list,' said Iranian envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Akbar Salehi. 'These are items which were not bought officially - they were bought through intermediaries and it is not possible to trace intermediaries.' The news that Tehran is co-operating fully with the IAIA will be welcomed by the international community, which had been pressurising the country to disclose all information on its nuclear programmes.

A six-member technical delegation from the IAEA arrived in Tehran on 2 October to hold talks with Iranian officials and experts. IAEA deputy director general Pierre Goldschmidt led the delegation to Iran, which also wanted Tehran to sign an additional protocol of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that would allow for more intrusive inspections (MEED 3:10:03).

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