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Iran says IAEA should be restructured

Source: Mehr News Agency

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Fereydoun Abbasi has said that the decision-making and policy-making mechanisms of the International Atomic Energy Agency are inefficient, calling for the restructuring of the agency.

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Fereydoun Abbasi
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Fereydoun Abbasi

Abbasi made the remarks on Monday in a statement to the 55th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna.

He also said Iran is hopeful that the IAEA would restore its independence in the near future and increase its credibility through taking unbiased and principled decisions.

Following are excerpts of the statement released to the press:

The political stability in the Islamic Republic of Iran paved the way for scientific and industrial growth in all aspects and it is quite logical that a pioneering county tries to diversify its energy sources.

On this path, utilization of nuclear energy is one of the tested ways in the world.

The mastermind in leading Islamic Republic of Iran is well informed of the importance of this issue in the growth and development of the nuclear developments in the country.

These days it is expected from all members of the Agency and honorable DG not to be influenced by some certain countries that own and proliferate nuclear weapons and deprive countries from their inalienable rights.

In an era that independent or less developed countries are in shortage, the Agency should act according to its natural and charter duties to help other countries in maintaining nuclear rights of the countries by fighting the imposed restrained, stopping fabricating dossiers and sharing acquired knowledge.

Today, despite good cooperation and even allowing inspecting beyond safeguard agreements by countries, what has the Agency chosen to do? It calls itself neutral. But is Agency really neutral? If it is so, why it does not say anything or report on clandestine probable activities of some European countries or positioning some hundred nuclear warheads in Europe or occupied countries that jeopardize the health of the people.

Why is the Agency silent when it comes to the lost nuclear material in the United States?

Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran has reached to self-sufficiency in providing necessary experts in many scientific areas. In a new effort, some countries and their intelligent terrorist organizations have focused on assassinating our experts.

We strongly urge the Agency to clear its name in cooperating and preparing the ground in these measures. We consider it necessary that member states and DG of the Agency while condemning these terrorist and hostile activities in order to prove their good will, take brave measures to review the agreed modalities and closing the nuclear case of Iran in the Agency.

Islamic Republic of Iran despite all obstacles caused by some countries has achieved technical knowhow and technology of the fuel cycle and provision of fuel complexes of nuclear research reactors and nuclear power reactors and by documenting them, voices its readiness to share its technology with other countries with the information and supervision of the Agency.

I would like to announce here that we are ready to cooperate with the Agency as before and we are hopeful that in near future the Agency would restore its independent identity and Mr. Amano and his colleagues would earn credits for the Agency as the independent and nondiscriminatory reference by making principled decisions.

If countries want to negotiate with Iran over nuclear issues, we would like to urge them to pay attention to the performance of the recent decades of the Agency. The structure of decision and policy making of the Agency especially in the Board of Governors needs seriously to be reformed.
The composition of the members of the Board of Governors, number of the members and their domain of authorities should changed, because the charter that was formed in the Cold war time is not compatible with today's situation. This is a key issue in our talks with them in future.

Another issue is finding an appropriate mechanism so that all countries without any discrimination could benefit from nuclear energy for the prosperity of nations and assuring other countries from nonexistence of nuclear material and undeclared equipments in nuclear weapon owned countries.

... Payvand News - 09/20/11 ... --

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