IAEA Pleased with Iran’s Progress on N. Program Explanation

A01129024.jpg TEHRAN (FNA) Iran had made progress in the explanation of certain questions concerning its nuclear program, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohammed ElBaradei said in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia on Friday.

After meeting with Slovak Foreign Minister Jan Kubis in Bratislava, ElBaradei said he hoped that Iran would continue to show maximal transparency in order to dispel all fears of the West and meet the UN Security Council’s demands, the Czech news agency CTK reported.

The international community’s relations with Iran would only normalize when all the fears are dispelled, he said.

ElBaradei declined to comment on the possible further sanctions against Iran, pointing out that it would be a political decision by the Security Council.

At the same day, ElBaradei also met representatives of the Slovak Economy and Education ministries.

They discussed the planned shutdown of the second unit in the V1 block of the Jaslovske Bohunice nuclear power plant, the planned completion of two new blocks at the Mochovce nuclear power plant, and the considered construction of a new power plant, Xinhua reported.

ElBaradei said the IAEA had no reservations about safety of the Slovak nuclear facilities.

IAEA had no critical comments on the reliability and safety of the Slovak nuclear program, he added.

Safety is a permanent process and it cannot stop, he said, adding that he called on his Slovak colleagues to continue cooperation.

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