Iran seeks nuclear trade-off

30 September 2003
Tehran indicated on 29 September that it might be willing to accept more comprehensive inspections from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if it is allowed to continue its uranium enrichment project. Speaking to London-based daily the Financial Times, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that Iran was facing differing requests from the international community regarding its nuclear programme. 'Washington says the additional protocol is not enough. They want us to stop all the enrichment facilities,' said Kharrazi. He added that Russia had indicated that it did not object to Iran's programme as long as it stayed within international law. Kharrazi said that Iran did not have a problem with signing the additional protocol of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT), if it would remove all suspicions. He added that Iran expected to sign a new deal with Russia in the next month on returning spent nuclear fuel (MEED 26:9:03).

In the same interview with the Financial Times, Kharrazi said that Iran had found active Al-Qaeda cells in the country. He said that a number of men had been detained after a gun battle between Iranian security forces and the militants, and that they would face trial in the near future.

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