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FM urges IAEA to act "professionally" toward Iran nuclear case

Karaj, Aug 20, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Thursday called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to act professionally and not to be impressed by US pressure in dealing with Iran's nuclear energy case in the September meeting of its Board of Governors.

Kharrazi said the US will definitely try to exaggerate Iran's case at the IAEA meeting and create an atmosphere to prevent Iran's access to the nuclear technology.

"Given that Iran has had comprehensive cooperation with the IAEA over its nuclear issue and answered all questions, we expect that Iran's case will run its normal course," he told reporters during a visit to a power management company.

"Still, we will wait to see how the IAEA will act in the September meeting, and this will be a response to Iran's cooperation with the agency. It is in that case that the IAEA can show how efficient it is."

Kharrazi said the US never wants Iran to gain access to nuclear technology in order to address its energy needs, adding that this runs counter to international regulations.

"All signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are obliged to help, not obstruct, the struggles of a country toward peaceful use of nuclear technology," he said.

Kharrazi said Iran has always been trying to be transparent in its nuclear energy plans and act under the IAEA supervision. He then reiterated that the Islamic Republic will never attempt to develop atomic weapons.

"Therefore, it is our legitimate right to make use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. The US, however, is making exorbitant demands over the issue."

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