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Mottaki: Tehran has addressed most questions on nuclear case

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 28, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Monday that Iran has addressed a bulk of questions raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its peaceful nuclear program.

Speaking at a news briefing, Mottaki added that Tehran is taking final steps in this respect.

Asked about the recent decisions taken by Group 5+1 to press ahead with issuance of a new resolution against Iran, he said that the issuance of a statement in Berlin and agreements on a new resolution against Iranian nuclear program have surprised world public opinion.

Referring to the fact that the two previous resolutions issued by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) were unjustifiable, he added that Iran and other parties involved in the nuclear debate have followed up an unwritten agreement based on previous accords for five months.

The report of IAEA Director General Mohamed Elbaradei and constant inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog showed that there was no sign of diversion in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, he noted.

Turning to the current cooperation between Iran and IAEA, he added that within the framework of the modality plan, Tehran agreed to address questions and ambiguities over its nuclear activities and the process is at its last stages.

"We were of the opinion that other sides concluded that weakening IAEA will harm the reputation of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), therefore, we made a decision to follow up cooperation with the agency," he said.



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