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Iran criticizes IAEA for raising baseless concerns

Ali Larijani
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Tehran, Nov 22, IRNA - Majlis speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei for raising baseless concerns in his latest report on Iran.

Calling ElBaradei's report as ambiguous, Larijani said: "So, it seems we will hear double-standard statements from the agency forever."

He told IRNA that the report has been influenced by the US accusations.

"They have derailed Iran's nuclear program from technical issue to political ends," he said.

"If the agency were determined to deal with their concerns about Iran's peaceful nuclear program, they must do it in the context of the Modality Plan signed by the two parties."

Majlis speaker added that IAEA duty is supervision; however, the UN nuclear watchdog's report expresses concerns "extra than the nuclear agency's mandate".

Iran has resolved all the outstanding issues with IAEA in the context of a Modality Plan.

Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has obtained evidence suggesting that documents which have been described as technical studies for a secret Iranian nuclear weapons-related research program may have been fabricated. -Gareth Porter, Raw Story - 11/11/08

ElBaradei's Wednesday report on Iran has been influenced by the US accusation over alleged studies.

The US says that there is a laptop as document to prove that Iran had carried studies to produce bomb and Washington is refusing to hand over the laptop as an evidence saying that the data in the laptop will help Iran to achieve its goal.

The US says the laptop belongs to Iran, but, its data should not be revealed to Iran as evidence.

Iranian envoy reacts to US daily's fake report

Vienna, Nov 22, IRNA - Iran's representative to the UN nuclear watchdog reacted on Friday to a recent fake report appeared in The New York Times and said the paper was to mislead public opinion with wrong information.

"This has always been, unfortunately, the case that Western media used wrong scientific and technical information to mislead public opinion and politicize the issue of Iran's peaceful nuclear program," Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh told IRNA.

Soltanieh made the remark commenting on a report on The New York Times which quoted a so-called expert as claiming that Tehran had stockpiled an amount of UF6 enough to make atomic bomb.

"All international scientific circles know that it is impossible, even for a country with a long history of enrichment activities, to rearrange and use a low-enriched uranium to turn into high-enriched overnight to produce nuclear weapons," the envoy argued.

He added that it was regretful that Western media presented wrong information in the name of scientists or specialists.

"The world academic figures and specialists must protest to such unprofessional comments," Soltanieh said.

He added that all Iranian nuclear sites are under the 24-hour surveillance of the IAEA by the cameras installed over them and it is impossible to make any change in the specialized performance of those facilities.

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