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Iran's withdrawal from IAEA board of governors due to expiry of term

Spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Saber Zaimian on Saturday denounced any link between Iran's withdrawal from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors and the recent resolution issued against Iran's nuclear program, as claimed by Western media, IRNA reported.

He told IRNA that given the countries are accepted as members of IAEA Governing Board on a rotating two-year term, Iran's membership in the international body is subject to the same rules.

Zaimian, also director general of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), noted that once the membership of any country expires, IAEA Board of Governors replaces it with another state. According to some Western news media, IAEA chose a new governing board during its September 18 meeting in Vienna, while Iran's membership was terminated in accordance with the regular rotation of the countries represented.

The media quoting an IAEA spokesman added that the termination of Iran's membership has nothing to do with its nuclear program and the resolution issued by the governing body against Iran. It underlined that Iran will become an IAEA Governing Board member in the next rotation of the countries represented in the international body once more.

A member of the 35-nation IAEA Board of Governors, Iran represented the Middle East and West Asian areas in the board in 2002-3.

Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Akbar Salehi denounced the claim of the western media that Iran's disjoining the board was based on members' voting.

"Iran and Kuwait have been members of the body for a two-year term, which has now expired," he added. Kuwait the chairman of the 35-nation board, was also replaced by Spain.

The Kuwaiti chairman of the governing board along with the non-aligned countries represented in the body played a decisive role in issuing the mild statement on Iran's nuclear program in its previous meeting.

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