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Iran not to relinquish enrichment right: IAEO official

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 6, IRNA


Iran would never give up its right to enrich uranium, head of Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), Reza Aqazadeh, said on Monday stressing that suspending uranium enrichment activity is the county's "red line".

Addressing a meeting of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Aqazadeh said that West should interact with Iran accepting the country's right to continue with uranium enrichment activities.

He reiterated Tehran's willingness to continue cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) within the agency's laws and regulations.

However, the official stressed that Tehran would never accept the issue of the alleged studies raised by the US to put under question Tehran's appropriate cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

Iran signed Modality Agreement with IAEA last year to resolve the outstanding issues in a specified period of time.

The agency put forward six questions as the outstanding issues to end the dispute over the national nuclear program.

Iran responded to the questions and IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei verified non-diversion of Iranian nuclear program.

After settlement of the outstanding issues, the United States fabricated another allegation so-called laptop or alleged studies.

Iran dismissed the new charge and said that it does not fall within context of the Modality Agreement it signed with the UN specialized agency and that Iran is not responsible for fresh allegations the US is making one after the other.

Chairman of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRNA that the Modality Agreement aimed to put an end to the controversy over Iranian nuclear program and that Iran has not opened a gate for the agency to bring up allegations one after the other.

"By the Modality Agreement, the two parties have undertaken to terminate the dispute and not to make it an open-ended matter," Boroujerdi said protesting the so-called laptop case brought up by the United States.

Iranian Ambassador to IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh said that the US is refusing to present the laptop as evidence for its claim of alleged studies saying that Iran may acquire know-how from it, the question is that "how do you allege it belongs to Iran when you do not want to present it as evidence?" However, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that Iran has responded to eight unfounded accusations of the United States so far and is capable to do so in case of the new fabrication of laptop too.

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