Foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi went to New Zealand to seek that country’s support for the Islamic government in the upcoming meeting of IAEA board of directors. New Zealand prime minister urged Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA. August 24, 2004 - Foreign minister Kamal Karazi, who is in New Zealand seeking backing for Iran in the upcoming meeting of the board of directors of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, said the Islamic government would never hide its nuclear programs from the international community. New Zealand prime minister made it clear that her country wanted Tehran to cooperate fully with IAEA. “Iran's nuclear activities will never be conducted in hiding, but its legitimate right to exploit nuclear energy should be recognized,” Kharazi said on Monday after meeting with New Zealand's foreign minister. “We have at a diplomatic level kept a dialogue with Iran about its nuclear program and of course we are aware that Iran's senior leaders have given assurances that their intentions are to develop a program for peaceful purposes,” prime minister Helen Clerk said on Tuesday during a press conference. “I think his visit is important because Iran’s nuclear program is occupying a lot of time with the IAEA at the moment,” New Zealand prime minister added. “We have been on the board of that for the last couple of years, so New Zealand has been quite involved in the debate. That may well be the reason why the Iranian Foreign Minister has chosen to come to New Zealand, at this time,” Clark said. “We will be using the opportunity of the Foreign Minister's visit to stress that we think it is absolutely critical that they comply rapidly and in full with the requests being made of them, she added. New Zealand has named career diplomat Hamish MacMaster as new ambassador to Iran, who will also be accredited to Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to an announcement by Foreign Minister Phil Goff on Tuesday.