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Iran says part of IAEA report politically-motivated, has the right to pick nuclear inspectors

Source: ISNA

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that a part of the UN nuclear watchdog Chief report on Iran's nuclear issue is politically-motivated.

"Iran is well cooperating with the agency," Mehmanparast told a press conference.

Concerning the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran's nuclear work, Mehmanparast said, "what is discussed as obligations of the IAEA member states is fully performed in Iran, the country's nuclear activities are totally monitored by the agency's cameras round the clock."

Amano delivered his report on Iran's nuclear issue informally to the 35-member Board of Governors on Monday.

The IAEA has reiterated for 23rd time that no deviation is found in Iran's peaceful nuclear work, Mehmanparast noted.

Also concerning a question that the report has referred to the UN Security Council resolutions against Iran, Mehmanparast said, "some parts of the report involve non-technical issues and are politically-motivated."

He called for the agency to focus on violation of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by Zionist regime's nuclear activities which have been denied to be reported to the IAEA.

He asked the UN nuclear watchdog to secure its technical dignity.

Iran's Soltanieh: Amano's manner of reporting damages IAEA status

Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh said Amano manner of reporting damages the agency's status.

"Yukiya Amano's (the IAEA Chief) report is not balanced concerning to those of his predecessor Mohammad ElBaradei and his report's shortcoming involves dealing with technical details and quoting the UN Security Council resolutions text," Soltanieh said on Monday night.

"Such a measure by the IAEA Director General damages the technical status of the agency, since the agency is not a subordinate to the UN or the Security Council, it is an independent international organization," he told ISNA.

He added, "the report reiterates that there is no deviation in Iran's nuclear work after 7 years and that the IAEA is still able to keep on verification."

Soltanieh continued, "the report has not pointed to Iran-IAEA agreement on modality and settlement of the six issues whereas they had been mentioned in ElBaradei's reports."

"Iran believes that some IAEA demands which go beyond the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), but asked by the Security Council to be performed cannot be fulfilled, since we have declared several times through documents that the UN Security Council resolutions have no legal basis."

Iran says has the right to pick nuclear inspectors

Ali Akbar Salehi

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the country has the right to pick inspectors.

Concerning the UN nuclear watchdog denial of Iran's justifications over expulsion of the two inspectors, Salehi said, "we have the right to choose inspectors, it is the right of all IAEA member states, the two inspectors that Iran refused to receive them had delivered unreal reports and the IAEA has accepted the issue but it refuses to admit it."

"We called for them to introduce two other inspectors and they did so, we have accepted the two inspectors," he told ISNA.

He also added, "the IAEA Director General's new report mainly stresses lack of any deviation in Iran's nuclear activities."

"We believe that other issues mentioned in the report are secondary subjects."

Meanwhile, regarding the question that Iran has not allowed the IAEA inspectors to visit its heavy water facility, he said, "inspecting the facility is neither specified in Iran-IAEA agreement nor in the Safeguards, the agency should tell us based on what article of the mutual agreement it can visit the heavy water facility."

Salehi continued, Iran would allow inspections if the agency could prove the issue.

Also regarding the issue of alleged studies raised in the IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano's report on Iran, Salehi said, "ElBaradei (Amano's predecessor) had declared in his reports that evidence over alleged studies were not genuine, but we see the issue is exaggerated in Amano's recent report."

"At least they tell us that they have believed genuineness of the evidence and deliver us the original documents, so that we are ready to examine them."

He added, "we feel that political pressures have started to affect the IAEA."

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