ElBaradei: IAEA has been able to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material in Iran
TEHRAN, March 5 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran is fully prepared to clear up all remaining ambiguities about its nuclear program in a roundtable negotiation, Iran's Ambassador to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asqhar Soltanieh told reporters on Monday.
Iran has said it is ready to resume negotiations about its nuclear program with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany without the precondition that Tehran should first suspend its uranium enrichment program.
The watchdog UN atomic agency opened a meeting Monday on Iran's nuclear program.
Commenting on a report by the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei that the agency has "been able to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran", Soltanieh said, "This is the best evidence that Iran's activities are only for peaceful purposes."
He reiterated that Iran will never stop its legal nuclear program.
Soltanieh also said the United Nations Security Council should stop interfering in Iran's nuclear program.
The IAEA is the only professional agency of the United Nations that should examine Iranian nuclear activities and, therefore, it does not fall within jurisdiction of the Security Council to examine or make decision on Iranian nuclear program, he added as carried by IRNA.
Turning to the fact that the IAEA has never been weakened to this extent, he said, "The international community is aware that the Security Council's interference in the issue will weaken the UN watchdog more than ever."
Those who thought Iran will give up its legitimate rights if Iran's nuclear program were referred to the Security Council should have realized their mistake, he noted.
"Therefore, those seeking to confront Iran on such a pretext should also get the message," he added.
ElBaradei calls for talks on Iran nuclear issue
ElBaradei said Monday that negotiations remained the key to answering concerns about Iran's nuclear program.
"I remain convinced that only through negotiation can a comprehensive and durable solution be attained to the Iranian nuclear question and other issues related to it," ElBaradei told a meeting the IAEA 35-nation board of governors.
"I earnestly hope that conditions will be created soon for the resumption of negotiations between Iran and all relevant parties," ElBaradei said, according to a copy of his speech made available to reporters.
He said the IAEA's four-year-old investigation into U.S. charges that Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons is "somewhat of a stalemate."
The IAEA has "been able to verify the non-diversion (for military purposes) of declared nuclear material in Iran" but is "unable to reconstruct fully the history of Iran's nuclear program and some of its components, because we have not been provided with the necessary level of transparency and cooperation on the part of Iran," ElBaradei said.
Iran is a signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Safeguards Agreement of the IAEA.
The UN nuclear agency has installed cameras on all Iranian nuclear sites, monitoring the activities constantly.
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