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9/13/03

IAEA anti-Iran resolution violates international regulations: Salehi

Iran on Friday said the resolution passed against Iran by the Governing Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was in violation of international regulations and against the nature of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), IRNA reported from Vienna.

Iran's Representative to the IAEA Ali Akbar Salehi told IRNA that the Islamic Republic of Iran is against the trend of decision-making and the agency`s resolution.

"The resolution submitted by Australia, Canada and Japan was adopted without any vote or consensus. Iran`s representative delegation left the meeting in protest at the decision-making trend and the content of the resolution," Salehi said.

The IAEA Governing Board on Friday passed a resolution setting Iran an October 31 deadline to prove it had no secret atomic weapons program.

"Some phrases of the resolution were even beyond the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which is an indication that Western countries are not willing to investigate the issue technically and legally," he added.

"In the meeting of the board of governors, the Western group calls for illegal, illegitimate and impractical demands from Iran in line with their political ends," the official noted.

Salehi said that a number of extremist countries including the United States, Britain, Germany and France follow their political goals regardless of Iran`s cooperation (with the IAEA) and continuation of such cooperation.

"We did not participate in the decision-making process. Iran cannot participate in the political trends that use the agency as a pretext," he stated.

Iran was given a 45-day (360 working hour) deadline to do away shortcomings and respond to (concerns raised by the IAEA) and even all claims against Iran on shortcomings of the country`s nuclear programs are correct, the issues would not be solved during the set time.

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here Friday said the resolution passed against Iran by the Governing Board of the International Atomic Energy (IAEA) was "immature" and "politically motivated". He said the UN watchdog must have completed its investigations and reached definitive conclusion before issuing any resolution against Iran.

Otherwise, he stressed, any decision by the governing board against Iran in the form of a resolution would be merely politically motivated and aimed to exert pressure on Tehran.

Following the growing US pressure for action against Iran, the 35-nation IAEA Governing Board passed a resolution setting the deadline.

The resolution, submitted by Australia, Canada and Japan, calls on Iran to "provide accelerated cooperation" with agency efforts to clear up Tehran`s nuclear question marks.

It also urges Tehran to suspend all further uranium enrichment-related activities.

Iranian minister calls IAEA resolution immature

Tehran, Sept 13, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi has said the resolution that the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed in connection with Iran`s nuclear program was immature.

Kharrazi said in a statement Saturday the IAEA should have completed investigation regarding the Iranian nuclear endeavors and should have drawn certain conclusions before passing any anti-Iranian documents.

In the absence of such conclusions, all resolutions must be regarded as politically motivated acts of pressure on Tehran, he indicted.

The natural consequence of this is that the Iranian government will now be considering the future prospects for cooperation with the IAEA, Kharrazi said.

He underscored at the same time his country`s readiness to cooperate with IAEA experts in the future so as to clear out all controversial issues. It is only after the sides try to clear out the complexities that the agency`s governors should pass conclusive decisions on Iran, Kharrazi said.

The IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution demanding that Iran step up cooperation with the agency, make its nuclear program fully transparent, and sign a supplementary protocol to the nuclear nonproliferation treaty without delay.

NAM urges changes in IAEA resolution on Iran

Vienna, Sept 13, IRNA -- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Friday announced that it would accept the resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran provided that the agency changes certain parts of it.

The member states of NAM in a statement stressed that Paragraph 3 of the IAEA resolution contradicted the spirit of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as well as the IAEA policy.

"The NAM countries believe that the deadline set for Iran in the resolution to clarify its nuclear program will create problems for the IAEA to run its affairs given that the agency has only a limited time available," read the statement.

"We believe that the legal interpretation of `unlimited access` is against the NPT and is beyond the demands of its additional protocol considering Iran`s compliance with the safeguards agreements of the treaty."

The IAEA Board of Governors on Friday set an October 31 deadline for Iran to prove it is not seeking secretly to develop nuclear weapons.

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

The NAM countries, which hold 15 seats on the IAEA board, stressed that they interpreted the words "definite conclusions" to mean "appropriate or precise conclusions" and not "final conclusions". The statement further stressed that the resolution must not end the IAEA constant missions in Iran after the next meeting of the agency in November.

It also urged IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to follow up the matter strongly and with maximum care so that the case would be peacefully resolved according to the instructions of the agency.

Zarif blames US for efforts to deprive Iran of nuclear technology

Tehran, Sept 13, IRNA -- Iran`s permanent representative to the United Nations here Friday blamed the United States for its efforts to deprive Iran of nuclear power.

Speaking in an interview with the New York Times, published on Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US is trying to use existing international mechanisms to deprive Iran of legitimate power plants.

"Iran`s ranking diplomat in the United states, in an interview blames the Americans for his country`s reluctance to reveal details of its nuclear program," New York Times wrote.

Zarif further pointed to Washington`s "intention to deprive Iran" of legitimate power plants as the reason for Iran`s current problems with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), adding that the political issue has led to technical difficulties.

He said that Iranian cooperation with the nuclear agency was simply a matter of carrying out the investigation "in the right political atmosphere," and "in a technical atmosphere."

He added that Washington "has used the existing international mechanisms in order to take a step-by-step approach towards depriving Iran of its nuclear capability, even power generation.

He added," There are people in Washington who do not want to clarify matters -- who, in fact, would encourage, invite and welcome negative news from Iran. And if that is the intention, if that is the desire, then they may in fact get what they want."

On the United States policy in the Middle east, Zarif said,"I believe the entire international community considers the behavior of the United States disrespectful, particularly of this administration." He also mentioned the American invasion of Iraq as the main reason behind further extremism in the region, exacerbation of the terrorist threat both inside Iraq and outside as well as discouraged cooperation and confidence-building in the region.

The IAEA Governing Board on Friday passed a resolution setting Iran an October 31 deadline to prove it had no secret atomic weapons program.

The resolution, submitted by Australia, Canada and Japan, calls on Iran to "provide accelerated cooperation" with agency efforts to clear up Tehran`s nuclear question marks. It also urges Tehran to suspend all further uranium enrichment-related activities.

Iran's delegation walked out of the board of governors` meeting in protest. Iranian officials had repeatedly warned that imposing a deadline would aggravate the existing tension.

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