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Posted 07 April 2004 - 03:47 AM

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has pledged to accelerate cooperation with the U.N. atomic watchdog in
a bid to prove it is not seeking nuclear weapons, but also pressed to end U.N. inspections by June.

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said on Tuesday Iran
had agreed to a timetable for atomic checks and to submit full details of its nuclear programme and
ambitions to the IAEA in mid-May.

"(Iranian nuclear chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh) committed that Iran will do everything possible to
accelerate the process of resolving the outstanding issues," ElBaradei told reporters after talks in
Tehran.

The IAEA is seeking clarification of how traces of weapons-grade uranium came to be found at the
Natanz enrichment plant south of Tehran and a Kalaye Electric Company workshop.

If enriched to a low level, uranium can be used to fuel nuclear power stations. But further
enrichment can make it suitable for use in warheads.

The United States accuses Iran of pursuing a nuclear weapons programme, but Tehran says its
nuclear ambitions are confined to generating electricity. Hawks in Washington are seeking to get the
U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran.

U.S. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters the United States would take a wait
and see attitude.

"It's great if they actually live up to their promises, but so far they haven't done that. And really until
they do that, this investigation, this process of review by the IAEA, has to continue," he said.

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