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Iran critical of IAEA discrimination in assisting member states

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Gholamreza Aqazadeh said on Tuesday that Russia has been exposed to pressure since the early days of signing the deal on Bushehr power plant with Iran but has proceeded with the project, IRNA reported from Tehran.

He told a press conference that a negligible amount of hexa floride and uranium oxide had been bought from UCF of China 12 years go for laboratory tests which is below the minimum quantity requirement to report to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Iran and China felt no need to report the deal to the IAEA because of the low quantity of uranium. All the materials including UF4 on which examinations have been carried out are being kept at the laboratory. The materials are not sensitive," Aqazadeh said.

He said that IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei raised the deal with UCF of China in his latest visit to Tehran in 2003 and gave a proposal to place the materials in the list of the IAEA safeguard.

Aqazadeh said that all the materials have been placed at the disposal of the IAEA.

He said that the US has magnified the issue for its own political ends adding that the US propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear program is devoid of reality.

Aqazadeh said that Iran has not nuclear facilities on the suburb of Tehran and set up uranium enrichment centrifuges in Kashan on which the IAEA has already been notified.

Asked about Iran's acceptance of the additional protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), he said that Iran never rejected the protocol and considers it positively.

"The question is that by signing the NPT, the IAEA has undertaken to provide the member states with advanced technology to utilize the nuclear energy for civilian purpose. But, until now, we are not satisfied with the IAEA's cooperation. Iran sees discrimination in the IAEA's assistance to the member states. We don't have extra expectations from the IAEA. We want transparency on behalf of the IAEA in cooperation with all member states.

"Removal of discrimination in IAEA assistance is our condition for signing the additional protocol to the NPT," he said.

He said that Iran has received six IAEA teams over the past few months while has not yet signed the additional protocol 93+2. It demonstrates Iran's unconditional cooperation with the specialized agency.

He said that Iran will prove to the international community that it abides by international commitments in nuclear sector and hence will win the confidence of the world public opinion.

He said that Iran is currently building a large UCF producing unit in Isfahan where the IAEA director general visited in the year 2000 and is carrying out the heavy water project in Arak which has nothing to do with IAEA safeguards.

Elaborating on the US attempts to block Iranian economic development, Aqazadeh said that before the Islamic Revolution, the Americans had planned to set up nuclear power plants in Iran to produce 20,000 megawatts of electricity by the year 2003, while they are creating problems for Iran to stop even the belated plan to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear energy by the year 2020.

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