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Iran downplays US sanctions

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

1390/03/04
05-25-2011
13:45:10
News Code :9003-03157

TEHRAN (ISNA) - The Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoun Abbasi downplayed the US sanctions against Iran.

Concerning the US recent unilateral sanctions against AEOI employees and Iranian allegedly nuclear-linked companies, he said, "my name was one of the names came on top of the list, but no limitation was imposed against me."

He also stressed such sanctions would fail to stop Iranian nation's growing movement toward progress.

Abbasi then rejected the UN Security Council's claim that Iran had produced nuclear weapons at sometime and said, "they are alleged studies and they referred Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council due to a wrong basis."

He then added, "unfortunately, the IAEA is influenced by some countries. The agency should normalize Iran's nuclear case."

Meanwhile, regarding Bushehr nuclear power plant, he said, "the required tests are underway in the nuclear facility and there is no particular concern about it. We stress safety of the plant."

He added the power would join the national grid after verification of the tests.

The United States hit Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA with sanctions on Tuesday, accusing them of doing trade with Iran.

The West accuses Iran of building nuclear weapons. Iran denies the allegation and insists that its nuclear work only seeks peaceful purposes.

Iran is under 4 sets of the UN sanctions over its refusal to halt peaceful enrichment work.



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