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UPDATED: 19:41, November 17, 2004
Khatami says Iran won't respect nuclear deal if EU fails to "meet obligations"
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Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday that his country won't respect its commitments under a nuclear deal reached with European nations if they fail to meet their obligations.

Under the agreement, European countries have recognized that Iran can exercise its rights in seeking nuclear technology, Khatami said.

But he noted that Iran won't respect its commitments under the deal if Europeans fail to support Iran at an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting next week.

The president described a report by IAEA Secretary-General Mohamed El-Baradei as "positive", saying the report indicated that there was no need for any extraordinary investigation of Iran's nuclear activities and that Iran's dossier needs to be normalized at the agency.

"If the IAEA board of governors adopts a correct decision, it will be a step in the direction that will give us more hope that our rights will be exercised," he said. "If we see that they don't keep their promise, it's natural that we won't fulfill our promise."

After two months of complicated and difficult talks with France, Germany and Britain, Iran said on Monday that it would voluntarily suspend all activities related to uranium enrichment on Nov. 22, signaling Tehran's crucial compromise over its nuclear case.

The three European countries, representing the 25-member Europe Union (EU), had hoped to persuade Iran to cease its activities in exchange for a nuclear cooperation with the EU.

The IAEA will hold a meeting on Nov. 25, with Iran's nuclear program high on the agenda.

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