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15:29 | 2009-11-08


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Straw: More Confidence-Building Measures Needed in Iran-5+1 Talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw underlined that more confidence building measures are needed in talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 to achieve a satisfactory conclusion.

"Iran and the EU3+3 (5+1) are working very hard to try to achieve a satisfactory conclusion to these talks and it does require efforts of both sides and willingness for them to do constructive negotiations and a conclusion to negotiations," Straw told the Islamic republic news agency.

Straw, who was among the first Western officials to be engaged in Iran's nuclear issue, said the Islamic Republic should build confidence in all issues related to its nuclear program.

"It's imperative that Iran does build confidence not least because of the disclosure of the facility at Qom and all the matters as well," he said when asked about the recent visit by international inspectors from Iran's uranium facilities in Fordo, near the central city of Qom about 150 km southwest of the capital Tehran.

Straw added that satisfaction in the Group 5+1 and the international community will be better achieved "with more inspections by the International Atomic Energy Organization" from Iran's nuclear sites.

In September and within the guidelines of the UN nuclear watchdog, Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of its second enrichment facility in Fordo, which was recently visited by a team of inspectors.

Mohammad ElBaradei, the outgoing director-general of the IAEA announced last week that the United Nations inspectors found "nothing to be worried about" during their inspection of the Fordo site.

ElBaradei told The New York Times that his inspectors' findings concurred with Tehran's insistence that the plant had been built for peaceful purposes.

"The idea was to use it as a bunker under the mountain to protect things. It's [just] a hole in a mountain," ElBaradei said.