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OIC rebukes IAEA resolution against Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Damascus, Sept 28, IRNA
Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu here Tuesday rebuked a resolution passed by the UN nuclear watchdog against Iran's nuclear program.

The Board of Directors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meeting in Vienna on Saturday, passed a resolution proposed by the three European states (Germany, France and Britain) against Iran's nuclear activities. The resolution was passed without a consensus among the 35-member IAEA governing board. Twenty-two members voted in favor, 1 against and 12 abstained.

Talking to reporters after his meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara, Ihsanoglu said the OIC supports the right of all states, particularly Islamic countries, to develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) should apply to all signatories and no state should be above it, he added.

He stressed the importance of a Middle East region free from nuclear weapons and called on the international community not to overly react to the activities of just one specific country but to adopt a serious attitude towards all member states.

The OIC secretary-general arrived here Monday to attend a cultural conference.


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