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Cablegate: Algeria: Tehran Research Reactor

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8497
INFO RUCNMGH/MAGHREB COLLECTIVE

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DEPT FOR ISN/RA - RICHARD NEPHEW

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP MNUC PARM PREL IR AG
SUBJECT: ALGERIA: TEHRAN RESEARCH REACTOR

REF: STATE 19579

(SBU) Pol-Econ Chief presented reftel talking points on the
Tehran Research Reactor to MFA Deputy Director for
Disarmament Hamza Khelif and left them and the reftel copy of
the joint U.S., French and Russian letter to IAEA DG Amano as
a non-paper. Khelif required detailed explanation of the
relationship between the enrichment of fuel for the TRR and
the production of medical isotopes by that same facility, but
took on board the U.S. offer to help Iran procure such
isotopes from third parties. Pol-Econ Chief could not
confirm a report Khelif said had heard about a Turkish offer
to mediate between the U.S.-France-Russia and Iran. He
repeated the standard GOA position that his government
supports the resolution of this dispute without resort to
violence, which could destabilize the region. Khelif
promised to pass our points to superiors in the MFA.
PEARCE

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