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Iran to proceed with cooperation with IAEA: Soltanieh

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 21, IRNA
Iran remains committed to undertakings in the context of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and will proceed with cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), senior Iranian official said here Wednesday.

Talking to reporters, a member of Iran's delegation to IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, said Iran suspended nuclear activities and implemented the NPT additional protocol voluntarily to show its goodwill.

"The Islamic Republic will proceed with cooperation with the IAEA in the future and the Agency's safeguards will be in force in Iranian nuclear sites," he said.

He denounced efforts made by certain states to send Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council, saying, "Any measure being adopted outside the frameworks of the IAEA charter will cause more problems.

"Iran agrees with continued talks with European states. Iran will end voluntary suspension of nuclear activities if any measure is taken outside the agency's charter."
Soltanieh added, "Iran has responsibilities based on the IAEA's charter and respects its commitments to NPT and implemented additional protocol to NPT voluntarily.

"Iran has the right to stop voluntary measures if it deems necessary."
The official called on the reporters to reflect realities through a precise study on resolutions and a comparison between legal and mandatory commitments and voluntary measures.

He rejected accusations raised against Iran on the country's covert nuclear activities over the past 18 years, saying, "Allegation of unannounced activities for 18 years is not true.

"No additional protocol was existed at that time. According to regulations, each nuclear activity should be reported to the IAEA 180 days before its start.

"Iran has fulfilled its obligations as per NPT."
He stated, "Even on nuclear activities at Isfahan's Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF), Iran presented all necessary information to the IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei four years before its start in 2000." The official reiterated Iran's readiness to work with the IAEA and ElBaradei and to respond to all remaining questions.

"The agency has confirmed Iran's full cooperation on various issues including inspection to Lavizan site."
Soltanieh noted the IAEA is an independent agency responsible for studying nuclear issues and said, "This Agency needs no provisions beyond current regulations and agreements.

"The member states can reach new strategies like the additional protocol through talks, if necessary."
The official stressed, "Iran's nuclear activities are civilian and production of nuclear weapons has no room in Iran's nuclear program."


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