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"Iran absence in IAEA nuke free confab, objection to report"

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9009-00335

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran said its absence in the IAEA recent conference on Middle East free from Nuclear Weapons was its first reaction to the agency's recent report and nuclear weapons of Zionist regime.

Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the country boycotted an IAEA forum on Monday attended by Zionist regime, Syria and 17 other countries. The meeting was meant to explore the possibilities of establishing a nuclear-arms-free Mideast.

"Zionist regime is seeking secrete nuclear weapons which makes the international community concerned. Such conferences will prove useless and unsuccessful as long as the regime refuses to sign Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," Soltanieh told al-Alam News Network.

He continued, "Zionist regime is the only country with nuclear weapons in the Middle East which has not signed NPT, so it can refuse inspectors' inspections."

Latin America, Caribbean neighboring states, South Pacific neighboring countries, southeastern Asian countries, Africa and Central Asia which include 113 countries do not possess nuclear weapons.

The IAEA member states called for the agency in 2002 to hold such a meeting on the Middle East. But agreement on holding the meeting was not made up to 2011.

The IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano in his latest report on Iran's nuclear work claimed there are possible military aspects in Iranian nuclear activities.

The agency's Board of Governors issued a resolution against the Islamic Republic on Friday.

As a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, Tehran has stood by its right to develop and acquire nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

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