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02/26/08

FM: US should confess to its mistake on Iran's nuclear issue

Tehran, Feb 26, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that the US officials should adopt a factual stands in dealing with Iran's peaceful nuclear program and sincerely confess to their mistakes.

Mottaki also advised the US officials to tell the true to their own nation regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

According to the Information and Press Bureau of Foreign Ministry, Mottaki made the remarks in a meeting with foreign ambassadors residing in Iran.

Referring to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, he said since fossil fuel will be depleted, Iran has no other alternative but to find access to a clear source of energy to meet its domestic demands and based on Majlis ratification, the government is obliged to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity from its nuclear power plants.

"Since a number of countries such as the US are opposed to our scientific and technical progress, they try to throw obstacles on our path," he said.

"To prove our sincerity in our interaction with IAEA, about eight months ago we draw up a Modality Plan to answer all questions raised by IAEA on peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities," Mottaki said.

In this connection Iran gave answers to six questions raised by IAEA on the plutonium tests, issues of Iran P1 and P2 centrifuges, the metal uranium documents, contamination in a technical university in Tehran, the Polonium 210 and Gachin mine which got approval of the IAEA in all six cases, he said.

Recent report issued by IAEA indicated that Iran has removed all ambiguities to this end which proves its transparency and accountability in resolving the issue and those who accused Iran hould apologize for their mistakes, he said.

Although Iran successfully implemented Modality Plan, the country is ready to continue cooperation with IAEA within NPT, Mottaki said.

US sabotaging cooperation with the IAEA - Iran envoy

London, Feb 26, IRNA - Iranian Ambassador to London Rasoul Movahedian Tuesday said the US is trying to undermine Tehran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Whenever the agency tries to conclude a report, the Americans try to provide information to disrupt co-operation and sabotage the process," Movahedian said.

Last week, the latest IAEA report confirmed that Iran had cleared up all six outstanding issues in accordance with an agreed work plan reached last August.

The Iranian Embassy in London welcomed the findings at the weekend as a "landmark victory" for the world peace loving nations and said it make "the safeguards implementation in Iran as a routine manner." He added that new claims were put forward about alleged studies just a week before the release of the report and were never at the core of the work plan agreed between Iran and the IAEA.

The alleged studies were an "American tactic," he said.

The IAEA was unable to provide Iran with credible documentation and the information has proved to be "fake intelligence," he said in an interview with the Financial Times.

The daily wrote that according to the IAEA, "the delay in providing the material to Iran appears to have been due to a last- minute decision by member states - almost certainly including the US." The August agreement with the IAEA sought to resolve all outstanding issues relating to Iran's civil nuclear program, namely Plutonium, P1 and P2 centrifuge machines, Uranium metal, Polonium 210, Source of contamination, and the Gachin mine.

The previous report by the IAEA in November clarified three of the issues, which Movahedian described at the time as a "giant step forward" in returning his country's nuclear file back to its rightful place at the UN watchdog in Vienna.

The release of a delayed report by 16 American intelligent services in December also confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme, but has also been ignored by US-led attempts to press for more sanctions.

Allegations against Iran nuclear activities, fabrications: envoy

United Nations, New York, Feb 26, IRNA - Iran's Representative to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei, said on Monday that new allegations raised against Iran peaceful nuclear activities are all "fabrications." Khazaei made the remarks while commenting on some alleged documents provided by the United States to the IAEA suggesting that Iran conducted weaponization studies.

"Documents shown to Iran on February 15 (during talks with the IAEA) are fabrications," the envoy said, adding that the documents listed names of people that "have not been involved in the (Iranian) nuclear program" or "people who do not exist."

The IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei verified the non-diversion of Iran peaceful nuclear program in his latest report to the agency's Board of Governors released on February 22.

He said in the 11-page report that in connection with the alleged weaponization studies, the agency has "not seen any indication that these studies were linked to nuclear material."

ElBaradei added, "We have managed to clarify all the remaining outstanding issues, which is the scope and nature of Iran's enrichment program."

Security Council would damage credibility of the UN nuclear watchdog, Iran's Representative to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei, said on Monday.

Speaking during a press conference attended by over 20 foreign reporters, Khazaei said if the credibility of the International Atomic Energy Agency is undermined by the Security Council, then "the big question would be that in future which credible agency is going to monitor nuclear activities of world countries?"

Stressing that Iran has resolved all outstanding questions raised by the IAEA so far, Khazaei said, "We believe that from the legal point of view, there is no basis for considering Iran's nuclear program at the Security Council." The IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei released a report on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities on February 22 verifying the non-diversion of Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

He said that the agency has "made good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues that had to do with Iran's past nuclear activities.

"We have managed to clarify all the remaining outstanding issues, which is the scope and nature of Iran's enrichment program," the IAEA chief said in the 11-page report presented to the agency's Board of Governors.

Khazaei stressed that members of the UNSC are now facing a complicated situation as on the one hand, they are concerned over the IAEA credibility, and on the other, they see that Iran's cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog has been far beyond its commitments.

Khazaei stressed that if the Security Council decided to punish a country that had close cooperation with the IAEA, then this would affect cooperation of other agency's member states.

However, Khazaei stressed that if a third resolution be adopted by the UNSC for any reason, Iran would not consider it as logical as it would be based on allegations and not the IAEA report.

He reiterated that Tehran's policy is to continue its transparent cooperation with the IAEA.

The envoy stressed that implementation of the IAEA Safeguards would return to its normal situation in Iran following the IAEA latest report.

He added that the case of Iran peaceful nuclear activities should become a normal issue on the IAEA agenda.

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