Iran, NKorea at centre of meeting between Russian FM and IAEA chief
BERN (AFP) Oct 13, 2003
Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov said that he would meet International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed Elbaradei in Vienna on Tuesday to discuss the nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea.

"Most probably we will speak about the problems relating to Iran, North Korea and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," Ivanov told journalists after a meeting with his Swiss counterpart here on Monday.

Ivanov reiterated Russia's desire for a peaceful solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear power programme and allowing more intrusive IAEA inspections, which Tehran has so far rejected despite suspicions that it is trying to make nuclear weapons.

"We believe it is necessary that Iran signs up to the additional protocol," he added.

The meeting comes only days before Elbaradei is due to fly to Iran following an invitation from the Islamic republic.

Elbaradei's visit beginning on Thursday will come 15 days before a deadline expires for Iran to dispel suspicions it is pursuing a nuclear weapons programme.