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10/14/03

Khatami terms IAEA resolution on Iran as "illegitimate, unjust"

President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday termed the resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran as "illegitimate, unjust and politically-motivated," IRNA reported from Tehran.

Khatami made the remarks as he talked to reporters after presenting a report to MPs on the outcome of the third year of the the Third National Development Plan (2000-2005).

"The resolution (passed by) the Board of Governors against Iran was an illegitimate, unjust and politically-motivated resolution and we have protested against the issue," Khatami said as he pointed to the upcoming visit by the IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei to Tehran on Thursday.

The IAEA Board of Governors last month set an October 31 deadline for Iran to prove it is pursuing peaceful nuclear programs.

The resolution that was submitted by Canada, Japan and Australia also calls on Tehran to clarify its nuclear program by the end of October and to suspend its uranium enrichment program.

"Since we are have goodwill and are not willing to create problems, we have announced that we are ready to have all-out cooperation with the IAEA and reach an understanding with the world on the issue," Khatami said.

"We want to remove the concerns of other countries about proliferation of nuclear weapons. We do not want nuclear weapons but expect those friendly countries not to allow big powers, which have always violated human rights and peace, to misuse the International Atomic Energy Agency, nuclear and human rights for their own political ends," the president noted.

He stressed Iran's natural, absolute and legitimate right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and said, "We will take all necessary measures to remove concerns of well-wishers about proliferation of nuclear weapons."

"We are engaged in negotiations on the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. We will take our national interest and security into consideration.

"If we sacrifice national interest and security for political considerations, the nation will not forgive us. We do not have problems regarding signing the protocol and have cooperated with the IAEA even beyond the NPT," Khatami said.

He stressed that some important parts of the Additional Protocol have been voluntarily implemented by Iran while "We expected such issues to be included in the report presented to the Board of Governors."

Pointing to the upcoming summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Khatami said that such problems as well as those facing the Islamic world would be raised at the OIC summit and that "We hope to defend such stands."

"We have proposals for the final resolution of the summit that Iran's undeniable right be recognized and we hope to achieve success in this regard," the president stated.

The Islamic Republic is already a signatory to the NPT. However, the IAEA is refusing to provide Iran with the nuclear expertise that under the agency's regulations it is entitled to receive, arguing that Tehran must first sign the NPT's additional protocol that allows snap inspections of its nuclear sites.

Iran says it needs to receive guarantees before signing the additional protocol that the sanctions imposed by the West are removed and that Iran will be provided by the nuclear technology to satisfy its energy needs.

IAEA chief to arrive in Iran Thursday: Spokesman

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, is expected to arrive in Tehran this week, it was announced in Vienna on Tuesday, IRNA reported.

ElBaradei, will begin Thursday a visit to Iran following an invitation from the Islamic Republic of Iran, IAEA Spokesman Mark Gwozdecky told IRNA Tuesday.

In his one-day visit, ElBaradei will be accompanied by two other IAEA officials.

The Islamic Republic is already a signatory to the NPT. However, the IAEA is refusing to provide Iran with the nuclear expertise that under the agency's regulations it is entitled to receive, arguing that Tehran must first sign the NPT's additional protocol that allows snap inspections of its nuclear sites.

The IAEA Board of Governors last month set an October 31 deadline for Iran to prove it is pursuing peaceful nuclear programs.

The resolution that was submitted by Canada, Japan and Australia also calls on Tehran to clarify its nuclear program by the end of October and to suspend its uranium enrichment program.

Meanwhile, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on October 3 that Iran's conditions for signing the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty may be the same as those of the US.

Rafsanjani intimated in his sermon at Tehran Friday prayers that Iran's signing of the protocol must not jeopardize its security, values and sanctities, and that it must not lead to investigation of issues that are not related to the nuclear energy.

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