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Soltanieh: Iran does not reject IAEA visit to Parchin nuclear site

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9012-06402

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iran's envoy to IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh said the country does not reject the agency inspectors' visit to Parchin nuclear site.

Soltanieh said the two sides (Iran and The IAEA) have already agreed to visit Parchin nuclear site after reaching an agreement on the intended content in this regard, adding, "After the second round of talks, we offered the IAEA to visit the facilities which were claimed to have tested strong explosive materials, but the agency's delegation returned to Vienna without paying visit to the nuclear sites."

He said the IAEA request for Iran's cooperation expressed in the recent report in order to implement the Additional Protocol and suspend nuclear enrichment lacks legal validity, noting Iran's nuclear activities including uranium enrichment have been under the monitoring of the IAEA from the beginning phases.

The envoy added 10 articles of the recent report released by the IAEA clearly show that results of the inspections from Iran's nuclear facilities are consistent with what Iran says in this regard.

He noted the new articles are just about the two rounds of talks which were held in Tehran and The IAEA reaction on visiting Parchin military facilities is not correct.

"They were not IAEA inspectors, but the agency's high officials who are active in legal, political and technical fields that traveled to Iran. The delegation visited Tehran to hold talks on nature of Iran's nuclear issue and the framework of future activities."

Soltanieh noted the visit of the IAEA team was not based on normal inspection standards, adding inspection request from Parchin site was included in the last draft of second round of talks.

"We agreed on visiting the site after reaching an agreement."

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