Iran's nuclear case should be returned to IAEA - envoy
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Paris, Dec 8, IRNA
Iranian Ambassador to Paris, Ali Ahani, has called for withdrawal of Iran's nuclear case from the UN Security Council.
Speaking in an interview with the French Etelle TV in Paris on Wednesday, he said the case should be returned to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Referring to a recent report issued by the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), he said Washington has been lying about Iran's nuclear activities.
Ahani further stressed that the issue has been illogically referred to the UN Security Council under the US pressures.
"We have always announced that Iran's nuclear program is and will remain civilian," Ahani said stressing that the US intelligence report also confirmed that Iran does not pursue a military nuclear program.
The Iranian envoy also dismissed parts of the NIE report which said Iran gave up its nuclear weapons program due to international pressures and inspections in 2003, stressing, "We have never intended to move on this path."
"Even now that reports by the UN nuclear watchdog agency and arch foe the US have endorsed Iran's peaceful nuclear program, Tehran is still prepared to go on with negotiations and international cooperation to further prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities," Ahani reiterated.
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