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C O N F I D E N T I A L OTTAWA 001556 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/30/2013 TAGS: PREL, PARM, KNNP, IR, CA, Iran SUBJECT: IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM: CANADA PUSHING HARD REF: ATHENS 1834 Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Brian Flora, Reasons 1.5 (b) and (d) SEE ACTION REQUEST PARA 5. 1. (C) Canadian Foreign Minister Graham met with Iranian FM Kharazzi May 24 in Paris, and stressed Canada's strong concerns over the Iranian nuclear program. Terry Wood, Foreign Affairs Deputy Director for Non-Proliferation, said Graham told Kharazzi that Iran's May 6 presentation at the IAEA gave the impression that Iran was being unhelpful and non-transparent. Graham gave Kharazzi a paper (faxed to NEA/NGA) urging Iranian cooperation with the IAEA and adoption of the additional protocol, and posing a number of questions about the Iranian program. Kharazzi responded that the GoI was being as transparent as possible and would have no problem "in principle" signing the additional protocol, but that the additional protocol was controversial in Tehran. Kharazzi gave Graham the same paper on Iranian "Peaceful Nuclear Activities" that he presented to Greek FM Papandreou (reftel) and others. 2. (C) In addition to Graham's meeting with Kharazzi, Wood told us that senior Canadian officials have demarched Iranian counterparts three other times during the past two weeks. Deputy Foreign Minister Lavertu met with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ahani (Europe and America) on May 24 in Tehran; Director General for International Security Jill Sinclair called in Iranian Ambassador Mousavi for a meeting on May 28 in Ottawa; and Canadian Ambassador McKinnon met with Iranian Director General Ziamaninia (Political/International Affairs) on May 18 in Tehran. The Iranian MFA took three weeks before agreeing to the meeting with Ziamaninia. 3. (C) The Iranian response in all meetings was that they are being open and doing nothing to violate their safeguards obligations. But DG Ziamaninia admitted that they had not declared their heavy water enrichment facility sooner because they did not want to come under increased scrutiny. Ziamaninia said that Kharazzi and the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization had been tasked to identify measures, including the additional protocol, that would address international concerns. Deputy Minister Ahani repeated an Iranian offer, made after the El-Baradei visit to Tehran, to develop an action plan with the IAEA to demonstrate their cooperation and transparency. 4. (C) The Iranian officials tried to portray the U.S. as the problem, calling the U.S. questions at the May 6 IAEA session "sensational." They told the Canadians that even if they were to sign the additional protocol, the U.S. would not be satisfied. Ahani stressed that there was much debate over the additional protocol, including among National Assembly members, and that Iran would only sign the additional protocol if doing so would relieve international pressure. 5. (C) ACTION REQUEST: Wood told us that Canada was eager to hear what our Iran strategy will be for the June 16 IAEA Board of Governors meeting, and then for the IAEA General Conference in September (including the possibility of a resolution). Please advise. CELLUCCI
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