VIENNA: The International Atomic Energy Agency received a note from Iran on Tuesday saying it would resume its suspended nuclear fuel research on January. 9, a Western diplomat said. He told Reuters that IAEA Secretary-General Mohamed El Baradei had informed the 35 countries on the U.N. watchdog agency's board about Iran's note and said he was seeking clarifications about its implications. Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, had announced earlier in the day that the nuclear fuel work would resume shortly. The move was sure to anger Washington and the European Union, which fear the Islamic state wants to make atomic fuel to build bombs. Iran's message, parts of which were quoted in Mr. El Baradei's note to IAEA board members, cited the Islamic republic's "full privilege and inalienable rights" in pursuing atomic energy under the IAEA's covenant and nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Iran signed.