Khatami accepts UN nuclear watchdog will not close Iran file next month
TEHRAN (AFP) May 27, 2004
Reformist President Mohammad Khatami acknowledged Thursday that Iran would not achieve its goal of having its nuclear file closed at the June 14 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors.

Iran's file "will not be closed in June," the president said, adding that he did not regard that fact as serious.

"What matters is the direction that the IAEA will take at that point, its movement in the right direction and its recognition of Iran's efforts and cooperation."

Iran had been pushing for its file to be withdrawn from active consideration altogether, arguing that its signature of the additional protocol of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and its opening up of all relevant sites to IAEA inspectors merited the move.