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22 October 200311:09

RUSSIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IGOR IVANOV ANSWERS A MEDIA QUESTION REGARDING IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM

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Question: Igor Sergeyevich, what is Russia's reaction to the latest statements of the Iranian leadership concerning the transparency of the nuclear program of that country, and prospects for cooperation with the IAEA?

Answer: Russia is expecting soon to receive official information on that score from the IAEA.

At the same time, as is known, Russia has consistently spoken out and continues to speak out for complete transparency of the nuclear program of Iran. President Vladimir Putin again made this known a few days ago in a conversation with Iranian President Seyed Khatami at Kuala Lumpur.

We attach particular importance to the following, namely that Iran should:

-provide full information on its previous and current nuclear programs;

-join the Additional Protocol to the IAEA Safeguards Agreement;

-suspend uranium enrichment.

All this would help to relieve the concerns of the international community over Iran's nuclear program.

Russia is ready to continue to cooperate with Iran, including in the nuclear field, with strict observance of international obligations.

October 22, 2003

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