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Iran's IAEA envoy invites his US counterpart to debate on Iran's nuclear case

Vienna, Sept 14, IRNA-Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltanieh here Thursday invited the US envoy to IAEA, Gregory Schulte, to debate on Iran's nuclear activities.

Addressing the IAEA Board of Governors meeting, Soltanieh declared his readiness to debate with Schulte in a meeting to be attended by all board members to fully review all technical, legal, security and political aspects of Iran's nuclear activities.

"Such a meeting will provide the opportunity to clarify baseless charges against Iran and prove that Tehran is a victim to discriminatory approaches and double standards.

"The world should be aware that the US refers to `sanction' as a `diplomatic' way, which is similar to its unilateral military attack on Iraq launched as `multifaceted diplomacy'," he added.

Soltanieh stated that referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council was not due to deviation of its nuclear program from peaceful path, but was rather based on political reasons and quite ridiculous.

The Iranian envoy said that since its establishment, the IAEA has never been undermined to such an extent, urging that before losing its remaining reputation, its members should think of way out of the current situation.

Turning to the ongoing talks between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, which is generally welcome, Soltanieh expressed his surprise over Schulte's remark about Iran and the US hostile approach in raising unfounded accusations against the country.

IAEA has found no diversion in Iran nuclear program

Soltanieh said that the agency has found no diversion in Iranian nuclear program and that the case has been forwarded to the Security Council by political influence of a certain state.

He told a meeting of Board of Governors that Iranian nuclear program is in line with Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Safeguards Agreement of NPT and there was no ground for its referral to the UN Security Council.

Soltanieh said that some 2,000 man/day robust inspections have been made on Iranian nuclear sites which indicated that Iran has exercised full cooperation with the UN nuclear agency.

"The results of IAEA intrusive inspections on Iranian nuclear rights has been presented to the Board of Governors several times so far," he said.

On Iran's respect for Safeguards Agreement of NPT, Soltanieh said that cameras of the IAEA installed on all Iranian nuclear sites are monitoring them.

"Iran is currently enriching uranium at Research and Development (R&D) level in the context of the NPT," he said.

He made clear that political motivations were behind the Security Council referral of Iranian nuclear program which has undermined professional credibility of both IAEA and NPT.

Soltanieh said that Iran has considered the package of incentives presented by the Group 5+1 (five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany) last July and the current negotiations between Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani and the Foreign Policy and Security chief of the European Union Javier Solana (in Paris) has been focused on the package.

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