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. UN nuclear chief repeats call for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment
VIENNA (AFP) Sep 20, 2004
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei opened Monday a general conference of the IAEA by repeating the agency's call on Iran to fully suspend uranium enrichment.

He said Iran, which the United States charges with secretly developing nuclear weapons, should "do its utmost to build the required confidence through the agency," in a speech opening a week-long meeting in Vienna of all 137 IAEA member states.

Suspending uranium enrichment, the process that makes civilian nuclear fuel but also the exlosive core for atomic bombs, is a so-called confidence-building measure that goes beyond requirements laid down by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The 35-nation IAEA board of governors on Saturday called on Iran to "immediately" suspend all enrichment-related activities and set a November 25 deadline for a full review of Iranian compliance with the NPT and confidence-building measures.

ElBaradei said "Iran needs therefore, as the board made it explicitly clear last week, to continue to accelerate its cooperation, pursuing a policy of maximum transparency and confidence building, so that we can bring the remaining outstanding issues to resolution within the next few months and provide assurance to the international community."

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