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11/21/07

FM writes to counterparts on Iran's peaceful nuclear program

TEHRAN, NOV. 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki on Tuesday in a letter to his world counterparts underlined the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities. He emphasized that Iran is loyal to its commitments based on the IAEA Safeguards Agreement.

"The Islamic Republic has so far shown goodwill and patience in order to help clear up ambiguities over its peaceful nuclear program. It has made every effort to gain the trust (of the international community). Iran's level of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency has been even beyond its legal commitments," Mottaki added.

In order to resolve the nuclear dispute Iran has taken many measures including voluntarily suspending any activities related to uranium enrichment for two years, signing and voluntarily implementing the additional protocol, giving full access to all nuclear substances and installations and even military sites according to the additional protocol, presenting a nuclear proposal to the UN General Assembly in which Iran invited foreign countries to cooperate in its nuclear program, he explained

"The Islamic Republic has been conducting all nuclear activities according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Safeguards Agreement, and IAEA charter."

IAEA inspectors are "completely and continuously" supervising the nuclear program through both "announced and unannounced inspections" and all activities are monitored by IAEA cameras, Mottaki wrote.

The foreign minister added that IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has repeatedly confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities and he has declared that the agency has not found any sign of diversion in Iran's nuclear activities.

Last week ElBaradei submitted a report to IAEA Board of Governors confirming that the issue of P-1 and P-2 centrifuge machines was settled; therefore the major ambiguity over Iran's nuclear activities has been cleared up, he added.

ElBaradei has also reiterated in his public speeches that Iran's nuclear program is not politically motivated, wrote the foreign minister.

The Islamic Republic has so far held three rounds of talks with the IAEA officials where the two sides agreed on a timetable to clear up the remaining differences in regard to the nuclear program, Mottaki explained.

He added, "Unfortunately certain countries have made unfair and inappropriate responses to this constructive policy" and made every effort to play politics on Iran's nuclear dossier. They have tried to deprive Iran of its "legal rights" through imposing their political intentions on the UN nuclear watchdog.

They try to force Iran to abandon its inalienable right under the pretext that they are worried about the proliferation of the nuclear weapons, Mottaki wrote.

The progresses made in addressing the remaining questions once again proved that claims by certain powers that Iranian nuclear plan was military motivated were wrong and that the program has been fully transparent, Mottaki explained.

University chancellors write to UN chief on Iran's nuclear rights

TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (Mehr News Agency) - The chancellors of Iranian universities have written a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling on the world body to use all its efforts for a just and peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.

They have explained that despite a full observation of the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) which has been endorsed by the IAEA, again certain countries are exerting pressure on Iran and creating problems for denying the Iranian nation of their basic nuclear rights.

They have added that warmongering and arrogant powers are using the Security Council as a tool for their colonial interests by issuing different resolutions in an illegal manner.

In the letter the academics have said Iran, as a great country with rich civilization and culture, has been known in the world for its great contributions to human progress and peace.

Iranians have managed a dignified life and stood against any injustice and have defended their rights with full force, the letter added.

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