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Ahmadinejad: Iran to revise nuclear policies if IAEA used instrumentally

Tehran, March 6, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Iran would revise its nuclear policies if the IAEA would serve as an instrument in the hands of a few covetous powers.

Speaking at his cabinet session the president meanwhile expressed hope that the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors would in its ongoing seasonal session adopt "an appropriate decision." According to the Presidential Office Media Department, the President said, "We hope our assumption that some international organizations are being used by a few gluttonous powers instrumentally would not come true about the IAEA, because otherwise we would revise our policies."

Ahmadinejad said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has many times quite clearly and transparently declared for the international community its absolute right to have access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes."

He added, "In line with its trust building policy, Tehran voluntarily suspended all it research and development (R&D) activities for two and a half, to three years and it is stated in Agency's report, too, that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not deviated from peaceful activities in any case."

The President added, "Today the Agency and all those who urged us to suspend those activities have to remunerate our losses in scientific, technological, and economic fields."

Ahmadinejad said, "In accordance with the articles of international treaties and the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), both the IAEA, and all countries that have access to nuclear technology, are obliged to offer all kinds of needed cooperation to Iran to gain access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes." He added, "Relying on the strong will of our mighty youth we are providing to meet the needs of our nation and those that breached the articles of their international commitments should give answers." Emphasizing that Iran favors the establishment of justice in international relations, the president reiterated, "If a group has assumed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is now under pressure and therefore that can try to get concessions from us they would soon realize that they are mistaken."

Ahmadinejad said, "Tehran is neither after being an aggressor against the rights of others, nor permits the others to be aggressors against its rights."

The President added, "A limited number of Western countries had better know that their psychological war and hue and cry will never scare the Iranian nation."

He said that the United Nations and the IAEA are today subject to a historic test and must prove that they are committed to their claims regarding the need to abide by the international laws and to safeguard the human rights.

The President said, "All thirty five members of the Board of Governors know well that Iran has not violated any of the laws of the IAEA even a slightest bit."

He reiterated, "It is a historic irony that those countries that have used the fatal atomic bomb, those that are threatening the other nations of taking advantage of it, or those that have not even signed the initial international treaties in that regard, are now pioneers of adopting decision about the peaceful scientific activities of a country, and label it as dangerous."

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