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Certain states must not sabotage Iran's cooperation with IAEA: envoy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Feb 29, IRNA -- Iran's Permanent Ambassador to International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh on Wednesday called on certain member states of Board of Governors not to sabotage Iranian cooperation with IAEA.

He made the remarks at a three-hour exploratory meeting with ambassadors of the IAEA member states in presence of Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts behind closed doors.

Soltanieh told IRNA after the meeting that the ambassadors surveyed latest report of Director-General Yukiya Amano on Iran.

'I told the exploratory meeting that Amano's report lacks balance, because, it has not mentioned the agreements reached between Iran and the agency and the latest two rounds of negotiations with IAEA,' he said.

He said that two rounds of negotiations with IAEA officials in Tehran had focused on signing a Modality to resolve the outstanding issues and there had been no prior coordination for any inspection.

'The negotiations in Tehran aimed to formulate a legal plan, Modality, for the two parties to fulfill their obligations accordingly and take steps in line with Modality.'

He said that he told the meeting that Iran would not deny IAEA access to its nuclear sites, but, any access must fall in the context of an action plan already signed by the two parties.

'Iran will grant access to nuclear sites in the context of Modality Plan and taking into account the security considerations of the government. Obligations of the two parties must be clarified by the Modality.'

He said that the reason for Iran's objection to inspection of Parchin site was that Iran required signing a Modality prior to inspection.

Soltanieh said that Iranian parliament did not ratify the Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation, therefore, the agency must not request something beyond NPT obligations from Iran.

'Nackaerts told the meeting that according to Amano's latest report, Iran's operations at Fordo site in terms of the number of centrifuges refining uranium and the quantity of enriched uranium are under supervision of the agency.'

He said that he made it clear that Iran would proceed with putting its activities under the agency's supervision and at the same time will never suspend uranium enrichment.

'The meeting also surveyed producing fuel for Tehran medical reactor and Nackaerts acknowledged that the fuel project is also under IAEA supervision.'

He said that certain states are used to sabotaging the Iranian cooperation with the UN agency, but, they are growingly subject to isolation.

Soltanieh hoped that the Board of Governors would consider the positive steps the Islamic Republic of Iran has taken during two-rounds of negotiations with the agency's officials in their later decision making.

He said that ambassadors of Non-Aligned Movement to IAEA are working to release a statement to confirm civilian nature of Iranian nuclear program.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80013901

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