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Iran can still avoid UN sanctions, talks to be resumed - IAEA head


MOSCOW, October 5 (RIA Novosti) - Iran still has a chance to avoid its "nuclear file" being sent to the UN Security Council, and talks with the European troika of nations could be resumed in a month, the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog said Wednesday.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Iran's could avoid UN sanctions if it cooperated with the agency on the remaining issues and attempted to find a mutually acceptable solution for its nuclear fuel cycle problem.

He also said he was certain that negotiations with the European troika - Germany, Britain and France - would resume within a month.

According to ElBaradei, Iran should make every possible effort to reassure the global community that its atomic program was exclusively peaceful. He added that Russia was attempting to help Iran rebuild the lost trust.

Russia, which is constructing a $1 billion nuclear reactor at Bushehr in Iran and has much to gain from Iran's plans to develop atomic energy, has long been an opponent of UN sanctions against the country.

On October 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry called on Tehran to adhere to an additional protocol to an IAEA Safeguards Agreement.

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