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Diplomat: IAEA resolution non-legal, politically-motivated

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baku, Oct 5, IRNA
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Iran's Ambassador to Baku Afshar Soleymani termed as non-legal the recent resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran and said it served to safeguard the political and economic interests of those countries possessing nuclear technology.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA on Wednesday, the ambassador pointed to the irresponsible tone of the resolution which was issued under the pressure of certain countries and said the act of issuing the resolution has already brought the IAEA position as an international body under question.

He further pointed out that Iran has been acting within the framework of the international law in developing its peaceful nuclear program and has even gone farther than the existing regulations in a trust-building gesture.

Pointing to the priority Iran gives to trust-building measures in its peaceful nuclear program, he referred to the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol and paving the way for repeated IAEA inspections as some of the measures taken by Iran to ensure the world of its law-abiding attitudes.

Following detailed inspections, he noted, the IAEA explicitly asserted that Iranian peaceful nuclear program never could lead to developing nuclear arms.

Believing that the initiative of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who welcomed contribution of foreign private and public sector companies to Iran's peaceful nuclear program proved Iran's transparency, he said this in itself indicated the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities.

According to the ambassador, Iran was focusing on its
acknowledged right to continue its peaceful nuclear activities within the frameworks set by the IAEA while observing its NPT commitments.

Highlighting the political motivations behind the issuance of the resolution, he said the way voting was conducted in the IAEA Board of Governors indicated that many of its member states did not believe in making demands from Iran behind its international commitments.

Despite the IAEA resolution, Soleymani noted, Iran is still interested in settling down the problem through diplomatic channels and continuing negotiations in a bid to remove misunderstandings.

He reiterated that Iran will in no way forsake its absolute right for the peaceful nuclear technology and will also never surrender to any illegal demands.

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