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10/05/08

US-India nuclear deal violates NPT: Iranian Official

Tehran, Oct 6, IRNA - Deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Saeedi on Sunday expressed concern about the US-India nuclear deal saying the deal has violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Talking to IRNA, he said the countries which are not members of the NPT cannot make use of the privileges of the treaty.

The method used by several nuclear states to transfer the technology to non-members of the NPT, will create new crises for the international community, he added.

According to the NPT, only signatories to the treaty can make use of the rights mentioned in the treaty, Saeedi noted.

Cooperation in the area of transfer of nuclear technology to the NPT non-members will endanger the treaty, he said, adding that although India is enjoying nuclear weapons it is not a signatory to the NPT treaty.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in India Saturday to showcase a historic bilateral nuclear deal, but last-minute hitches raised doubts that the pact would be signed on her trip.

A signing delay would be another bump in a three-year rollercoaster for an agreement aimed at lifting a ban on US-Indian civilian nuclear trade imposed after India's first nuclear test in 1974.

Both houses of the US Congress voted in favor of the landmark nuclear deal this week, but President George W. Bush has yet to sign it into law.

The deal offers India access to sophisticated US technology and cheap atomic energy in return for New Delhi allowing UN inspections of some of its civilian nuclear facilities.

Military nuclear sites will remain closed to international inspections.

Critics say it undermines global efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons, because India has refused to sign the NPT.

Enrichment not to be suspended even if West guarantees fuel supply

Tehran, Oct 5, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that Iran would not suspend its uranium enrichment even if the West guaranteed Iran to supply its needed fuel.

In a joint press conference with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, he regretted that several countries have failed to fulfill their commitments regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear activities in the past years.

Mottaki reiterated that Iran's peaceful nuclear program in the area of enrichment and fuel production for the nuclear power plant would continue until the country achieves self-sufficiency in that field.

After the Islamic Republic of Iran reaches self-sufficiency in nuclear fuel production, it will provide other countries with the atomic fuel, the Iranian foreign minister added.

According to the Majlis approvals, the government is duty bound to produce 1,000 mgw of nuclear energy, he said.

Soltanieh reacts to French Foreign Ministry statement

Tehran, Oct 4, IRNA - Iran's Ambassador to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh in a reaction to the recent French Foreign Ministry spokesman statement presented a list of broken promises by the western countries, including France.

As-Sharq-al-Ousat Newspaper, printed in London, recently quoted French Foreign Ministry Spokesman Eric Chevallier as saying Iran signed an agreement with Russia three years ago on provision of nuclear fuel for Bushehr Power Plant and it was a guarantee for activity of the plant.

Chevallier also discussed the issue of fuel guarantee and said 5+1 Group also proposed supplying nuclear fuel for Iran as a part of an agreement and Iran's envoy is informed about it.

Soltanieh told IRNA in Vienna on a history of 30 years of violation of the western countries in cases such as implementing nuclear agreement with Iran, Tehran reactor and enrichment agreement with the French Company Eurodif.

Such irresponsible behaviors of the nuclear fuel producers pushed Iran to rely just on itself, Soltanieh said.

He underlined request for suspension of enrichment has no technical, political and legal justification adding "Even if these countries want to compensate their past works and construct a power plant in Iran, there would be no confidence on them anymore.

Soltanieh went on to say, "So it is wise that Iran continues enrichment of uranium for producing emergency reserve fuel in case of interruption of fuel supply."

Suspension of enrichment has been a precondition for starting negotiation with Iran by members countries of Group 5+1, but Iran has always declared that it is ready to negotiate without any precondition.

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