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Elbaradei stresses Iran's right to have access to nuclear technology

Vienna, Aug 2, IRNA - Secretary General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said here Friday at a press conference it is Iran's natural right to have access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Elbaradei, who was speaking to the press on the sidelines of the the IAEA Board of Governors meeting on the IAEA-India Agreement, added in response to IRNA's question regarding the double standards adopted by that Board, "No one doubts the existence of double standards here."

He added, "The only remaining question is trust building regarding the nature of Iran's nuclear program."

ElBaradei meanwhile reminded with a smile, "We will discuss Iran's case in our September meeting."

Soltaniyeh warns Governors Council not to adopt double standards

Vienna, Aug 1, IRNA - Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA here Friday warned the Agency's Board of Governors not to adopt double standards, saying such a measure can affect regional and world security.

Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh who was speaking at the Extraordinary Session of the IAEA Board of Governors on India's agreement with the Agency, added, "Such an agreement leads to emergence of certain questions on the fate of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)."

Declaring the Islamic Republic of Iran's serious concern about adopting double standards at the meetings of the Board of Governors, particularly those pushed by the United States, he added, "Such a behavior would lead to threatening the credibility, authenticity, and comprehensive nature of the NPT."

Soltaniyeh added, "The United States' move in this respect would pave the way for Israel's continual violations and their further pursuing of their military nuclear activities, while Israel's refraining from joining the IAEA and the Governors Council's silence about the matter and downgrading the importance of this significant matter would be evaluated by other countries as more double standards.

He also said, "It is particularly more so, since the IAEA members, including those that have signed the NPT face serious restrictions, or are deprived of access to nuclear facilities and substances for producing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes."

Soltaniyeh at the end emphasized, "The member countries are expected to consider the the agreement with India simultaneously with studying the effects of adopting such a decision on the fate of the NPT and the regional and world security."

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