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President urges IAEA to remain committed to its obligations

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Shadegan, Khuzestan prov, IRNA
Iran-Ahmadinejad-IAEA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lambasted the UN nuclear watchdog's unfair treatment towards Iran on Thursday urging the body to remain committed to its obligations and duties towards its member states.

President Ahmadinejad, made the remarks on the third day of his four-day visit to Khuzestan province while addressing a large number of well-wishers in the city of Shadegan.

He arrived in this oil-rich province Tuesday morning accompanied by his cabinet ministers on the 24th visit to various provinces of the country since he started his initiative of bringing the government closer to the people.

Commenting on the latest opposition made by a number of bullying powers and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, he said based on its Article of Association the agency is obliged to help its member states to make use of peaceful nuclear technology.

"The IAEA is obliged to help its member states to develop peaceful nuclear technology and nuclear fuel," stressed the president.

He added the member states "in return have undertaken not to divert from from peaceful activities and not to produce nuclear weapons."

President Ahmadinejad expressed regret that despite being one of the first members of the IAEA, Iran has not yet received "any legal, technical or scientific assistance" from the agency.

"They (the IAEA) have not even provided the Iranian nation with a formula or a scientific hint and instead have been creating obstacles from the outset by providing corrupt and anti-Iran powers with false information in order to prevent Iranians' progress," complained the president.

Addressing the IAEA officials, he said, "The policy you have adopted would result in indignation and hostility and would encourage violation of laws at the international scene.

"Such unfair treatments of the IAEA would cause other countries either not to become a member of the international organization or to revise their membership."

Stressing that such treatment would encourage countries to "act clandestinely", the president said, "When they react to overt activities of (member) countries like this, the message their treatment gives to other countries would be that they (other countries) should not join the agency."

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