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06/08/11

'IAEA should end political disputes over Iran's nuclear program': Envoy

Source: Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, June 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said the time has come for the International Atomic Energy Agency to end the political arguments over Iran's nuclear program that it has been using ad nauseam.

Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh made the remarks in response to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's statement on Monday, in which he said that Iran seems to have carried out nuclear-related activities with possible military links until recently.

The IAEA has received "further information related to possible past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities that seem to point to the existence of possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program", Amano said in his introductory statement at a meeting of the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday.

"There are indications that certain of these activities may have continued until recently," he added.

However, Amano did not say where the evidence came from, nor did he provide details about the allegations.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Soltanieh dismissed Amano's remarks, saying that there is no substance to the information that has been provided to the agency.

Amano should study the evidence provided by reliable sources and should make sure that it is solid, he stated.

The Iranian ambassador to the UN also said Amano's report suffers from a lack of transparency.

In addition, in an interview with IRNA published on Monday, Soltanieh advised the IAEA director to abide by his commitments to Tehran so that Iran's nuclear dossier can be declared closed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Soltanieh spoke about the written reply that Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi Davani has sent to Amano's most recent letter.

In his letter, Abbasi wrote that Iran has fully implemented the provisions of the modality plan signed by Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog in 2007, Soltanieh said.

He also described Abbasi's letter as "constructive", adding that Amano spoke about Abbasi's letter in his introductory statement to the IAEA Board of Governors.

Now the ball is in the agency's court, and the IAEA director is obliged to implement what has been stipulated by the modality plan, Soltanieh added.

However certain countries, such as the United States, Japan, France, and Britain, are opposed to the modality plan and are making efforts to thwart the implementation of the agreement, he observed.

Soltanieh also said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly stated that it is opposed to the development of nuclear weapons and that its nuclear activities are meant for peaceful purposes and are being conducted under the supervision of the IAEA.

Amano's stance has diminished status of IAEA

In addition, Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said the political approach that the IAEA director has adopted toward Iran's nuclear program has diminished the status of this important international organization.

Amano's remarks are politicized and lack legal weight, Boroujerdi, who is the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

"Iran should deliver a serious response to Amano's remarks," he stated.

"More than 100 member states of the agency have confirmed Iran's cooperation with this organization, and this indicates that it (the IAEA) has become a tool in the hands of certain countries," Boroujerdi added.

Iran to produce fuel plates without much delay: Atom Chief

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran said on Wednesday that it would produce fuel plates without any considerable delay.

"We have not experienced production of fuel plate yet and it has been our first performance. I can say that we have worked well so far and it seems unlikely that a considerable delay appears in the project," he told reporters.

Also concerning production of 20-percent enriched fuel, he said, "we will continue production of fuel with 20 percent purity inside Natanz nuclear facility as long as ground will be set for production of the fuel inside Fordo nuclear site."

He reiterated that the transfer of activities would be conducted under the IAEA supervision.


A satellite view of Fordow facility near Qom, Iran.
Photograph: DIGITAL GLOBE

Abbasi continued, "we will just conduct fuel enrichment to that percent of purity inside Fordo site only when we manage to raise the production level as many as two times as the current capacity."

Iran has been under mounting pressure from the West and four sets of the UN sanctions to abandon its nuclear program, with Western powers claim that it wants to build nuclear weapon. Tehran insists its program is for energy production only.

Iran has invited some 50 foreign officials from 40 countries to join the second international conference on nuclear disarmament mid June.

The conference is to discuss challenges, nuclear disarmament and weapons of mass destruction.

Some 50 deputy foreign ministers and senior researchers from 40 countries are to attend the conference scheduled for June 12-13.

Amano's report issued on U.S. order: Larijani

SINGAPORE, June 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, who was on an official tour of Singapore, said on Tuesday that the International Atomic Energy Organization's recent report on Iran's nuclear program was issued on the U.S. order.

IAEA Director Amano General Yukiya Amano, in a statement at the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday, said that the agency has received "further information related to possible past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities that seem to point to the existence of possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program."

Talking to reporters in Singapore, Larijani said, "It is very bad that they (U.S. officials) bring disgrace to international organizations through making attempts to achieve their political purposes."

It would be better if the IAEA refrain from making "ambiguous" statements, he stated.

He went on to say that the popular uprisings that have taken place in certain Middle Eastern and North African countries have infuriated the United States and put Washington in a quandary.

And such intrigues will not compel the Islamic Republic of Iran to stop its peaceful nuclear activities, Larijani noted.

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