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Iran's nuclear programme misrepresented, says Adeli

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Oct 15, IRNA

Iran's Ambassador to London Saturday criticised the deliberate and unfair way his country's nuclear programme had been distorted in the west.

In a point-by-point dissection, Mohammad Hossein Adeli dismantled all the mis-statements of facts, false alarms and threats
systematically used to discredit Iran's legitimate right to peacefully develop a nuclear power industry.

Addressing the annual conference of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in London, he stressed that his country had to develop its nuclear industry to diversify its energy resources and to respond to the increasing demand for electricity.

"Oil and gas resources are exhaustible resources that in the case of Iran will be depleted in few decades given the pace of the economic growth of the country," Adeli said.

He said that the situation will become worse when Iran would have no oil to export and thus will be "totally deprived of the foreign exchange revenues from oil that presently constitutes 80 percent of such revenues."
The ambassador also defended his country's right to have its own fuel cycle under the terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and said that Iran preferred to produce this than depend on buying from countries who in future may decide not to sell to Iran.

"Having been a victim of a pattern of deprivation of peaceful nuclear material and technology, Iran cannot solely rely on procurement of fuel from outside sources," he told the some 200 delegates attending the two-day conference.

"Such dependence would in effect hold Iran's multi-billion dollar investment in power plants hostage to the political whims of suppliers in a tightly controlled market," he said.

Adeli criticized the IAEA resolution against Iran in September, saying it had only being passed by a majority vote rather than a normal consensus because of US pressure.

"Regrettably, our European partners, pressed by the US, adopted a path of confrontation in September 2005 IAEA Board of Governors by pressing for adoption of a resolution that was politically motivated and factually and legally flawed," he said.

"Two years ago despite the existence of ambiguities and serious questions on issues such as the source of contamination, findings of non compliance or absence of confidence were impossible; therefore Iran could not be labeled as non complaint."
The ambassador said that this is why it is "unfair, unjustified and politically motivated and thus its credibility is quite doubtful." Similarly, the ambassador accused the EU of breaching the Paris Agreement, which he said was two-sided but had been "turned into a lever of pressure on Iran to ignore its inalienable rights." He also criticised the way the EU appear to totally ignore the number of far-reaching nuclear guarantees offered by Iran's new president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the UN General Assembly last month.

The proposals included a "readiness for constructive interaction and a just dialogue in good faith, prohibition of the pursuit of nuclear weapons in accordance with religious principles, acceptance of partnership with private and public sectors of other countries in the implementation of nuclear enrichment program [in Iran] in order to remove any doubt and concern."
Iran remained "fully committed to NPT and calls for the resumption of negotiation," Adeli said.

"We believe if there is no hidden agenda, and in case there is no intention of building a false case for yet another adventure this conciliatory offer of Iran should be taken seriously," he said.



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