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Tehran expects IAEA to act upon law: President Ahmadinejad

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 6, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday evening that Tehran honors commitments to Non-Proliferation Treaty and expects UN nuclear watchdog to act upon law concerning Iran's nuclear dossier.

Speaking in an interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the president regretted that "some members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were doing under influence of the big powers.

"They gave up to big powers pressures but we expect the IAEA to act upon the law," stressed the president.

He reiterated that Tehran has always been ready to negotiate with any country on its nuclear activities, but, at the same time, "we will never accept any negotiations which aims at depriving Iranian nation of its rights enshrined by NPT.

"There are other countries besides the three European states (Britain, Germany and France) which offered to enter into talks with Tehran," President Ahmadinejad said adding, without naming specific country, that "Tehran is reviewing the offer."
"However, the door is open for any states to enter into Tehran nuclear talks," Ahmadinejad stressed.

Criticizing approval of an anti-Iran resolution during the latest meeting of the IAEA's governing board, the president called it an "unprecedented act" without consensus of all members of the Board of Governors and being adopted through voting.

The resolution which was approved at the IAEA's governing board with 22 votes in favor, 12 abstention and one negative vote, calls for referral to the UN Security Council of Iranian program.

As for the votes of abstention, President Ahmadinejad said "abstention means negative vote which is eventually in Tehran's favor."
Defending his proposal during the UN General Assembly in New York calling for partnership of public or private sectors of other countries in setting up power plants in Iran, the president called it "a very progressive proposal which indicated transparency of Iranian nuclear program."
"Tehran's proposal was indicative that we completely believe in the peaceful nature of our nuclear program," said the president.

As for the Palestine, President Ahmadinejad called on all Islamic governments and nations to stay on full alert to thwart Israel's efforts to sew discord among Muslim nations."
He reassured that Palestinian nation could, by its own, liberate all occupied territories from Israeli grip.



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