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Iran: IAEA report refuted West's Fordo claims

Press TV - The Islamic Republic says the latest report by the UN nuclear watchdog proved West's huge media hype against Iran's second enrichment plant were based on 'baseless allegations'.

"The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei proved that political hype and propaganda about Fordo plant were baseless," Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh as saying on Tuesday.

"The report confirmed that no centrifuges had been introduced into the facility and that no nuclear material had been used in it," he added.

Soltaniyeh made the remarks a day after the IAEA, in its latest report on Iran, confirmed that the country's nascent nuclear plant in Fordo "corresponded with the design information provided by Iran."

"Iran provided access to all areas of the facility," the IAEA said in the report.

According to the UN nuclear watchdog, the design information verification (DIV) of Fordo "included a detailed visual examination of all areas of the plant, the taking of photographs of cascade piping and other process equipment, the taking of environmental samples and a detailed assessment of the design, configuration and capacity of the various plant components and systems."

Meanwhile, Soltaniyeh, in an interview with Fars News Agency on Tuesday, described the IAEA report about Iran's nuclear program as "routine", saying that the only difference between ElBaradei's latest report and his previous ones referred to points about Fordo site.

The Iranian diplomat called on the body to put an end to its "boring and perpetual" approach to Iran's nuclear activities.

He reiterated that the Islamic Republic would "continue restoring its nuclear rights including uranium enrichment and cooperating with the IAEA."

Iran, a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), says its activities are aimed at the civilian applications of the technology.

The country faces pressure to halt its nuclear enrichment, as Western powers claim the program is aimed at building a nuclear bomb.

Tehran, however, has denied seeking nuclear weapons and called for the removal of all weapons of mass destruction from across the globe.

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