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» July 12, 2011

Iran Offers IAEA Cooperation, But Sets Condition

George Jahn | Associated Press

Salehi and Amano

Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday his country is ready to cooperate more closely with International Atomic Energy Agency but only if it cancels its probe into allegations that Tehran has secretly worked on a nuclear weapons program - a condition rejected by the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

The agency already has accused Iran of stalling the investigation and that has become a major source of international tension over Iran's nuclear program. Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran is ready to work "closer than ever before" with U.N. nuclear agency, if it first ends the investigation.

He spoke after meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, who has been accused by Tehran of pro-U.S. bias in his pursuit of allegations that Tehran appears to have worked on secret experiments designed to be components of a nuclear weapons program. The agency says its investigation is part of a work plan agreed to by Iran four years ago and complains that it has been stonewalled for nearly three years. Full Article   

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