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Iranian embassy in Thailand issues statement on nuclear programs

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 8, IRNA
The Iranian embassy in Thailand issued a statement on Saturday regarding Iran's nuclear programs, to wit:
"The Islamic Republic has fulfilled its commitments under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and compliance with its rules and regulations have been verified over the past two years through its cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors displaying tolerance in the process in order to build confidence and remove misunderstanding.

"Despite such cooperation, the IAEA's Governing Board issued an unfair resolution against Iran's nuclear programs on September 25 due to pressure from certain powers," the statement said.

"The Islamic Republic considers it an absolute right to complete the fuel cycle based on NPT regulations. It considers the illegal conditions imposed on it as against the legal interests of all IAEA member states.

"Iran sees the IAEA and its Articles of Association as the only competent authority for safeguarding nuclear activities and believes any dual position on the part of the agency will strengthen nuclear apartheid in this world.

"Iran welcomes any proposal to arrive at a solution and consensus on the nuclear issue as only within the framework of IAEA rules and regulations and the safeguards regime.

"Insistence on the part of certain countries on sending Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council will not only be unhelpful in resolving the issue but will also cause no change in Iran's firm stance."
The statement noted the Western states' failure to reach a consensus against Iran in the IAEA Board of Directors' meeting, saying it was an achievement of Iran's active diplomacy and showed that "despite the outcry made by certain states to have the resolution passed there was really no international concern over Iran's nuclear program."
It said Iran welcomes efforts for a resumption of negotiations with various countries, including the three European states, without preconditions and expects the IAEA to move in a direction that would guarantee member states' access to nuclear technology, including Iran's right to pursue its nuclear programs.



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