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FM suggests IAEA to remove alleged studies from next reports

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Ali-akbar Salehi expressed hope Sunday that the issue of the alleged studies would be removed from the next reports of the UN nuclear watchdog about Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.

Speaking to IRNA exclusively, Salehi said that the issue of the alleged studies mentioned in the latest report of International Atomic Energy Agency’s Director-General Yukiya Amano “lacks any real bases.”

Amano released the report on February 25. It has once again confirmed that the agency continued to 'verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material by Iran.'

The report, however, urged the Islamic Republic to 'cooperate in clarifying outstanding issues' and to suspend its uranium enrichment activities.

Noting that Amano’s report has become better this time compared to the agency’s previous reports, Salehi stressed that the IAEA should “act independently and prevent taking side by the western states.”

He referred to the issue of the alleged studies as an “unfounded matter” originally brought to the IAEA’s report by former chief of the IAEA Mohamed ElBaradei under the pressures of the western states.

Salehi stressed that raising the question of the alleged studies was not suitable for the IAEA as “It has no origin and is not real.”


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