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Asefi: IAEA resolution "politically motivated, unacceptable"

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 11, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Thursday rejected the UN Atomic watchdog resolution on Iran saying it was "politically motivated" and passed under the pressures of the US and its allies.

A resolution tabled by the EU3 and adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency, urges Iran to re-establish full suspension of all enrichment related activities including the production of feed material, through tests or production at the UCF, on the same voluntary basis as requested in previous board resolutions and to permit the director-general to re-instate the seals that have been remove at the facility.

"This resolution is politically motivated and has been approved under the pressures of the US and its allies and is void of any legal or rational basis, and (therefore it) is unacceptable," he said.

"By ratifying this resolution, the three European states have acted contrary to the spirit of safeguards and negotiations conducted during the past two years as well as the Tehran-Paris agreement," said the spokesman.

"While the activities of the Islamic Republic have always been peaceful and carried out under the supervision of the IAEA, the approval of this resolution puts the efficiency and independence of the agency under serious question," Asefi stressed.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has not given up its legitimate rights and lays emphasis on peaceful utilization of nuclear technology as before," stressed Asefi.

The IAEA resolution also requests its director-general to continue to monitor closely the situation and inform the board of governors of any further developments as appropriate.

The resolution also requests the director-general to provide a comprehensive report on the implementation of Iran's NPT Safeguard Agreement and this resolution by September 3, 2005.

The resolution drawn up by the three European states of Germany, France and Britain was submitted to the UN watchdog on Wednesday.



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