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EUobserver: Iran scores moral victory in nuclear program row

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Brussels, Aug 24, IRNA
The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) validated Iran's position that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, said Wednesday a website specializing in European Union affairs.

''A new report by IAEA weapons experts has concluded that traces of highly enriched uranium found in Iran two years ago originated from contaminated Pakistani equipment, in line with Tehran's claims,'' wrote the
''The original find raised international concerns over a secret weapons program in the country, but the IAEA study supports Tehran's position that its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful,'' it stressed.

The EUobserver quoted deputy chief of Iran's nuclear project, Mohammad Saeedi, saying that "accurate scientific investigation by the IAEA has proved that US accusations were unfounded".

And the Washington Post quoted a US diplomat as saying that "The biggest smoking gun that everyone was waving is now eliminated with these conclusions".

But the US looks likely to press for UN sanctions anyway, citing "unresolved concerns" over Iran's secret procurement activities and arguing that an oil-rich state does not need nuclear power, noted the website.

The EU has cancelled the next round of Iran talks as tensions rise over uranium enrichment, ''despite Tehran scoring a moral victory in a new weapons inspectors' report,'' it commneted.



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