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11/20/08

US: Iran-IAEA cooperation disappointing

Press TV - The US has criticized Iran over alleged non-compliance with the UN nuclear watchdog, saying it has failed to cooperate with the IAEA.

"The Iranian government's failure to comply with the IAEA and the UN is unfortunate and disappointing," AFP quoted the White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe as saying.

He made the statement following the UN nuclear watchdog's report on Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, which inquired Iran to extend its cooperation with the agency.

The IAEA director general's report has urged Iran 'to build confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program at the earliest possible date'.

The US official noted that Iran's conformity with the International Atomic Energy Agency could give Tehran the chance to enjoy the West's political and economic incentives and set the stage for US-Iran talks at the ministerial level.

"The door is open if Iran will suspend its enrichment activity, but they don't seem to want to walk through it," Johndroe added.

Deputy Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Saeedi, meanwhile, reiterated that the country has fully cooperated with the agency, providing the inspectors with full access to the Natanz nuclear facility.

According to the IAEA, the probe into Iran's nuclear activities has found no trace of 'components of a nuclear weapon' or 'related nuclear physics studies'.

The United States has tacitly threatened Iran with military action if Tehran does not suspend its enrichment activities soon.

The IAEA and Western states are putting pressure on Iran while they withhold the documents attributed to Tehran as representing the existence of 'alleged studies' of weaponization in the country.

Tehran says its nuclear work is totally under the surveillance of the UN Nuclear Watchdog and within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Iran continues constructive interaction with IAEA: Saeedi

Tehran, Nov 20, IRNA - An Iranian nuclear official said here Thursday that Tehran would continue comprehensive and constructive interaction with the UN nuclear watchdog.

"The new report released by Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei on Wednesday showed that Iran continues cooperation with the IAEA based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi told IRNA.

He added, "Iran has prepared ground for the IAEA to inspect its nuclear facilities within the framework of the NPT and the Safeguard."

Asked about demands of the UN Security Council mentioned in the recent ElBaradei's report and the issue of alleged studies, Saeedi said, "Since Iran has fully materialized the modality, no more issues remain in this regard."

Iran rejects demands beyond NPT

Vienna, Nov 20, IRNA - A senior Iranian nuclear official said here Wednesday that Tehran regards as "irrational" demands beyond the Non-Proliferation Treaty and regulations of the UN nuclear watchdog.

Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh told IRNA that Iran had cooperation beyond the NPT, the IAEA article of association and the Additional Protocol for more than 2.5 years but Western countries did not have a positive approach towards the country.

He added that the new report issued by the IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities indicated that the agency has had routine inspections to the country's nuclear facilities which still continue with no limitation.

"Similar to the previous reports issued over the past six years, ElBaradei in his Wednesday report reiterated that no evidence was found on deviation in Iran's nuclear activities toward military purposes," the Iranian diplomat said.

He added that the IAEA had 20 snap inspections to Iran's nuclear facilities since March, 2007 but found no document on non-peaceful activities.

"Although the IAEA said that Iran did not suspend enrichment, the new report proved that Tehran has fulfilled all its commitments.

"Demands relating to alleged studies are beyond the NPT and the mutually agreed Modality (Action Plan) between Iran and the agency," Soltaniyeh said.

The IAEA chief presented his latest report on Iran's nuclear program to the 35-member Board of Governors on Wednesday.

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