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Salehi: Vienna Group at odds with UNSC

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, June 9, IRNA -- Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday that the response of Vienna Group to Tehran Declaration is against the stands adopted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Speaking to IRNA, he said the Vienna Group has posed nine questions in its letter addressed to Iran.

These questions which were raised by the US, Russia and France are a mixture of technical, legal and political questions, he said.

Iran regards the reply to its proposal (Tehran Declaration) as a positive move even though they have raised a mixture of technical, legal and political questions, he said.

The response made by Vienna Group proves that big powers are in state of shock and bewildering, he said, adding that they replied to Tehran Declaration on the one hand and on the other they took a negative step in resolving the issue, he said.

The US, Russia and France sent separate letters to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano with different prefaces but in unique content, he said.

The Vienna Group under pretext of such politically-motivated questions tried to offer excuses for its wrong doings , Salehi said.

Nuclear fuel swap deal has turned into a political game, he said.

This is a political game which requires a comprehensive analysis and concrete decision along with a political move, he said.

“Since they have posed politically-motivated questions instead of technical and legal questions, we have to do the same,” Salehi underlined.

The decision to this end will be postponed until return of the Iranian president from his regional tour, he said.

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