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Statement made by Iran's ambassador before Board of Governors

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 24, IRNA
The following is the full text of the statement made by Iran's Ambassador to IAEA, Mohammad Mehdi khoundzadeh which was read before the Board of Governors' meeting on Saturday 24 September 2005:
In the Name of God
the Compassionate, the Merciful
Madam Chairperson,
Today marks a significant day. It will be remembered as a turning point.

For over two years, Iran has been lingering on the agenda of this Board. A period through which Iran made unprecedented offerings to restore confidence on the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. It went through a most pervasive and intrusive scrutiny. It stood up to every challenge and cleared every allegation, though unwarranted.

At any instance where matters were resolved, new allegations were propped up, sketchy bits and pieces which could not even be described as circumstantial, much less hard and reliable evidence.

Yet Iran responded to each and every one of the the allegations, which were proved to be wrong. After all the bravado, not a single trace of nuclear material, nor nuclear activity, has been found to evidence diversion to nuclear weapons.

The one and sole issue where such evidence had surfaced was what is now established to be contamination from outside sources. Under normal, fair and reasonable circumstances, the last finding of the Agency confirming Iran's claim...

Under normal, fair and reasonable circumstances, the last finding of the agency confirming Iran's claim. The approach of IAEA Board of Governors was in conflict with what has been accomplished. Turning to the failure to accomplish the accepted commitments at this point is just nerve-breaking.

This is quite incorrect from technical and legal points of view. Irrespective of the interpretation of the Safeguard Agreement, there is no basis for involvement of the UN Security Council in the issue. The UN watchdog has confirmed that the progress of the affairs is satisfactory and that there is no reason for deviation.

The agency has noted that it is about to reach the final outcome, but has underlined that it requires more time to finalize it.

There is only one reason for coming up with such a decision which is backed by the Western nuclear countries and their allies.

They are taking up a new approach towards the world non-nuclear states not only to make them comply with their current commitments, but quit forever their right for access to nuclear energy and fuel cycle for peaceful purposes.

Otherwise, how and under what conditions could the agency call upon one of its members to quit its peaceful nuclear activity being supervised by the UN unclear watchdog and in full compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and make it completely accept the terms of the Safeguards Agreement.

Such a call is not correct and would lead to a situation worse than the former one. Once this happens, no country will be secure any more...

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