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Asked where we were up to in relation to Iran the PMOS said that clearly the important thing was that on the one hand that Iran was showing signs of compliance but equally important was that it actually did so and implemented what it was voicing. Therefore we looked forward to The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reporting to the Board of Governor’s meeting and that Iran’s voluntary suspension of all enrichment and reprocessing activities was in place. The important thing was for Iran to implement what they said they were going to do. Asked why it was important for this to be kept out of the Security Council and why we had talked about compliance and the Americans had talked differently the PMOS said that we were all saying the same thing which was that what was important was what was actually implemented and that was what would determine where we were in the process. President Bush himself had paid tribute, when we were in Washington, to the work of the E3, including ourselves, in trying to resolve this through diplomatic means. Asked if we thought the IAEA would be able to get to the bottom of this or whether there was a suspicion that Iran were very good at this the PMOS said that the IAEA would come to a considered assessment and judgement and that we would listen to that assessment and judgement. The PMOS said he would also highlight the high level of activity undertaken by the E3, which we had participated in, in trying to resolve this matter through diplomatic means. As the Prime Minister had said he was not aware of any conversation where any military action had been discussed. What had to be clear was that it did have to be resolved and that meant Iran had to implement what it was saying.

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