IAEA rejects US unfounded allegations against Iran: Saeedi
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Aug 30, IRNA
A senior Iranian nuclear official said here Thursday the UN nuclear watchdog in its latest report has dismissed all the unfounded allegations made by the US against Iran.
Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi made the remark in reaction to the latest report presented by the IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei to the agency's Board of Governors on Thursday.
"In this new report, the IAEA put an end to all US baseless allegations on Iran's separation activities and reprocessing plutonium and once again endorsed the authenticity of the
statements of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Saeedi told IRNA.
He added, "The US, at a time, deceived the world with respect to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities by claiming that Tehran has conducted separation activities and reprocessing plutonium.
"But today the IAEA, based on its firm assessment regarding the settlement of plutonium case in Iran, gave a negative response to the most important US claim and invalidated their claims.
"We thank the agency for its professional approach to the case and hope this path would be continued in the future," the official said.
He assured that outstanding issues on Iran's peaceful nuclear case will come to a clear and acceptable result based on a logical timetable and a reasonable path, which will be returning to the negotiation table and settlement of issues through talks.
"ElBaradei's report contains important topics about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities including an eye-catching progress in settlement of the outstanding issues between Iran and the IAEA." The member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team added, "Successful drawing of a modality (action plan) on resolving the outstanding issues was among important events in Iran-IAEA cooperation in the past two months. This modality clearly defined the duties of Iran and the agency in settling the issues."
Saeedi stressed, "The agreement reached between Iran and the IAEA will be effective for all sides."
"ElBaradei's report," he said," pointed to the latest developments in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities in Natanz site and successful inspection by IAEA of the Arak heavy water research project which shows that all these activities have been conducted under the agency's supervision.
Saeedi stressed that the IAEA inspectors are carrying out their regular visits to Iran's nuclear sites.
Following an initiative by the SNSC Secretary Ali Larijani on settlement of the outstanding issues, officials of Iran and the IAEA resumed talks on July 11.
They drew a modality on August 21 after three rounds of talks held between the sides in Tehran and Vienna.
Iran and the IAEA have recently reached an agreement about ways to settle unsolved issues.
Fruitful inspection of Arak heavy water research project, acceptance of five more inspectors, issuance of unlimited one-year visa for 14 inspectors and staff of the IAEA and the agency's announcement of the settlement of the plutonium case were among key points of the agreement.
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