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Official says Iran rejects interference in its peaceful nuclear activities

Vienna, Sept 20, IRNA -- Iranian great nation will not permit others' interference in Iran's purely peaceful nuclear programs and will not backtrack its own rights at any price, said an Iranian nuclear official in Vienna on Monday.

Iran's Vice-President and Chairman of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh made the remarks in the 48th meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog's general conference.

Israel's widespread nuclear program is not only tolerated but it is supported and secured while Iran's peaceful nuclear program has been inspected in an scrutinized way, said Aqazadeh.

He went on to say that this double-standard policy should not be continued in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He stressed that some parts of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) resolution on Iran adopted Saturday are contrary to the spirit of the agency's statute and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the safeguards.

There was no distinction between voluntary and obligatory measures in the resolution on Iran, said Aqazadeh, adding it will undermine the credibility" of the IAEA.

Britain, France and Germany had submitted the resolution adopted Saturday by the 35-nation IAEA Board of Governors that called Iran for suspending its nuclear activities and set a November 25 deadline for a full review of Iran's nuclear program.

The Iranian official assured the world once again that all Iran's nuclear activities are purely peaceful and voiced Iran's strong will to proceed with its nuclear activities in accordance with the NPT and the Safeguard Agreement.

He referred to the sanctions imposed on Iran during the 8-year war and its consequences, saying the eyecatching achievements Iran has obtained in the field of nuclear technology and various stages of producing nuclear fuel is the result of big investment and the efforts of Iranian outstanding scientific figures.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei opened here Monday the 48th general conference of the IAEA.

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