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Iran Presdient: IAEA report positive, with unacceptable parts

President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s report on Iran's nuclear program is positive and at the same time lacks a balance, IRNA reported from Tehran.

"It magnified some small things including very negligible quantity of plutonium."

"Iran has used the plutonium for manufacturing pharmaceuticals and the IAEA experts themselves well know that such negligible amount of plutonium cannot be used for making bomb. Some points on the report are unacceptable," he said.

President Khatami said that however the report proved Iran's innocence and that Iran never had any nuclear arms program. It took away the political leverage from the hands of the big powers and the anti-Iran circles to exploit Iran's nuclear program, he said.

"Sometimes, we did not declare lower scale of pharmaceutical or agricultural activities, because, we thought they may have stopped us from doing it. We refused to report something that cannot be interpreted as violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," President Khatami said.

"Perhaps, Mr. ElBaradei had some considerations in the composition of the report. The report has sometimes levelled charges that their technical and legal aspects are very weak," President Khatami said.

"I myself have a personal complaint to Mr. Elbaradei. Okay, perhaps he had some considerations in writing the report. The context of the report would not have been repetition of the former charges. The report repeated the former charges and sometime exaggerated parts of that. It is unacceptable," President Khatami said.

Asked about the Tehran four-party agreement with the European countries (Germany, Britain and France) on October 21, President Khatami said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully committed to the agreement.

"Iran hopes all the words in the context of the four-party agreement will be translated into practice," he said. "We will cooperate with the IAEA and hope that if the Board of Governors deal with the report from technical and legal point of view, there would be no difficulty in our future cooperation with the agency," President Khatami said.

"The Europeans and especially the Russians have welcomed Iran's new stage of cooperation with the IAEA," he said.

"I hope that the IAEA Board of Governors would not be influenced by the political motives. What we have done is a voluntary approach to remove the bottleneck. If we see that the matter is being politicized, we will reserve the right to shift the way," President Khatami said.

Asked about the secret site, ElBaradei mentioned in his November report, President Khatami said that it was the laser site. It was not a secret site. The report pointed to it as a secret site, he said. "Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and I have stated that Iran will never go to enrichment of uranium over the 3.5 percent which is weapon-grade."

"It's not important what apparatus we have. The important thing is that we do not have nuclear arms program. We understand the world's concern in this respect," he said.

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