ElBaradei expects more transparency on Iran's nuclear activity
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Vienna, Sept 27, IRNA
Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei urged on Monday that further transparency and confidence building is required regarding Iran's nuclear activities.
Speaking at the first day of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) general conference in the Austrian capital of Vienna, he added that over the past two and a half years the IAEA has conducted wide research on Iran's nuclear case to verify whether it has been complying with the agency regulations such as the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
"Since 2003, good progress has been made by Iran in correcting its drawbacks, enabling the agency to verify the country's nuclear programs in special cases including laser enrichment process, Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) and Arak heavy water hydraulic power station.
"Since last November, the IAEA has been engaged in finding the source of contamination at Iran's nuclear facilities in cooperation with Pakistan. Besides it has been trying to make the history of the operation of centrifuges in the country transparent," he added.
ElBaradei noted that as stated in his report in early September, Iran has continued complying with its commitments according to the safeguard agreements and the Additional Protocol.
He noted that however many questions still remain to be answered.
Stating that he has called upon Iran for further explanations, ElBaradei said, "Iran's nuclear dossier is a special case which needs to be further clarified to enable the agency rebuild the history of its past nuclear activities and materialize confidence building."
"The UN nuclear watchdog Board of Governors has been calling upon Iran via several resolutions since December 2003 to voluntarily suspend the enrichment process and the relevant affairs as a step towards confidence building.
"Iran resumed work at UCF in Isfahan on August 8, 2005 under the inspection of the agency. But the suspension of other nuclear activities in the country still continue," he added.
ElBaradei once more called on Iran to cooperate with the agency and the international community to facilitate verifying that its nuclear activities are meant for peaceful purposes.
Stressing full performance of the safeguard agreements in the Middle East region, he said that the region should be free from nuclear weapons.
The general conference of the agency opened before noon on Monday with a message from the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, delivered before ElBaradei's speech.
The conference is to end on Friday evening.
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