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9/10/03

Iranian official criticizes states pressurizing Iran for nuke program

Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Akbar Salehi on Wednesday criticized those states which put pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities, IRNA reported from Vienna, Austria.

"Some states are after intensifying the tension and preserving their own interests by pressing Iran through their political influence in the IAEA governing council," Salehi said.

He said Iran`s allied states including the member states to the Non-Aligned Movement are trying to prevent any unfair and unjust behavior toward the Islamic republic.

Salehi said the non-aligned countries, which have 15 seats in IAEA governing council, have begun discussions to remove the obstacles hindering Iran`s legitimate and legal activities.

Iran would push for achieving ideal results through consultations and discussions with the states and international sides concerned, Iranian representative to IAEA said.

He said it is too early to assess the outcome of the IAEA session on Iran case but added that extensive efforts are underway by either side, that is the Western stats and the non-aligned states, to reach their ideals .

Iran remains open to IAEA inspections, Salehi noted adding that the political atmosphere tarnishes the experts` work. He went on to say that Iran will resist any propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear programs.

Salehi said Iran`s attitude toward the additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty has always been positive. He reiterated that the Iranian nuclear program was exclusively peaceful and the country remains committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Salehi`s remarks came amid intense US diplomatic lobbying for pushing the world relevant bodies to pressure Iran over its nuke program US claims is intended to make atomic bombs.

Washington claims that Iran intends to use its nuclear energy programs as a cover to build weapons of mass destruction. Iran says its nuclear program is transparent and peaceful, aimed at producing 7,000 megawatts of electricity in the next 20 years when the country`s oil and gas reserves become overstretched.

As a victory for Iran, the Bush administration last week dropped its draft resolution to be proposed to the Board to declare Iran in non-compliance of IAEA obligations.

Instead, the resolution being drafted likely will call on Iran to answer questions raised in the report and provide full disclosure of its program.

Kharrazi: Tehran`s cooperation with IAEA beyond additional protocol

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday that Iran`s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency`s (IAEA) inspectors have gone beyond framework of the Agency`s additional protocol, IRNA reported.

Kharrazi in a press conference referred to some cases of Iran`s cooperation with the Agency`s experts, including facilitation of taking samples by the UN agents and their access to some of their favorite sites, saying Tehran is ready to continue talks with the Agency.

He expressed hope that further understanding would be reached and the ongoing misunderstanding would be solved in light of the talks. He said Iran would sign the additional protocol in case of becoming confident of the related issues.

Kharrazi said the Agency should give the top priority to its executive affairs and avoid politicizing executive issues. The Iranian Minister called Bulgaria as a suitable partner due to its location on Iran-Europe way and for transfer of fuel and energy to Europe.

He said that Iranian and Bulgarian delegations had in their talks exchanged views on ways of expanding mutual economic, cultural and political cooperation.

He highlighted Iran`s anti-drug campaign over recent years and called for regional and international cooperation to control and prevent production and transfer of drugs from Afghanistan to other countries.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passi took turn at the conference to say that his country is interested to bolster cooperation with Tehran in transfer of energy, tourism, and regional issues, including Iraq.

Passi called on Tehran to cooperate with his country, that some of its troops are deployed in Iraq`s Karbala, considering Iran`s good and extensive ties with residents of the city.

He hailed importance of the idea of dialogue among civilizations in international relations and said had the idea been respected by other countries and the international organizations long ago, the lobal community would not have witnessed growing international terrorism.

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