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Iran's initiative provides IAEA with a good prospect

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 18, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Sunday evening that Iran's initiative on nuclear case has provided a good prospect for the UN nuclear watchdog and left no pretext for anybody.

"In case anyone intends to raise a pretext, they are just after seeking pretexts," the president told reporters upon arrival here at Tehran's Mehrabad international airport from his 5-day visit to New York where he attended UN's world summit and 60th General Assembly.

"That we permit the public and private sectors of other countries to be partners in Iran's nuclear program and put part of our nuclear energy shares at the disposal of others is a special point in Iran's initiative", he said,
In his speech on Saturday, the president said that technically, Iran's fuel cycle is not different from that of other countries which have peaceful nuclear technology.

"Therefore, as a further confidence building measure and in order to provide the greatest degree of transparency, the Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to engage in serious partnership with private and public sectors of other countries in the implementation of uranium enrichment program in Iran. This represents the most far reaching step, outside all requirements of the NPT, being proposed by Iran as a further confidence building measure.

The president said that this is a kind of guarantee, a general supervision and partnership, adding that having access to the fuel cycle is the right of all nations including Iran.

"Iran will not give up having the nuclear fuel cycle within the framework of the international regulations and under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and will continue its negotiations to gain it.

"Iran offered numerous initiatives in the past two years to resolve the nuclear case and prove its good-intentions. However, since the other side had evil intentions, no attention was paid to them," he said.

The president said that a hegemonic system intends to preserve this technological supremacy for itself and under such conditions attaining basic rights is an arduous job.

"We told the participating heads of states in New York that they did not want to let any other country enter the nuclear club in an attempt to preserve their distance with others," he said.

As the first step, they want to prevent Iran from getting access to the full nuclear fuel cycle so that others would not find such an opportunity, President Ahmadinejad said.


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