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IAEA report indicates peaceful nature of Iran nuclear program: Envoy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Feb 19, IRNA -- Iran's Ambassador to the UN nuclear watchdog Reza Najafi has said the latest report of the IAEA about Iran's nuclear activities reveals again the peaceful nature of the country's nuclear program.

Najafi made the remarks on Thursday while speaking to IRNA commenting on the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) first report in 2015 about Iran's nuclear activities.

The report said on Thursday that Iran is honoring its commitments made during the talks with the six world powers in the past year.

The report was released on the eve of bilateral nuclear talks between Iran and US negotiators which is to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday to narrow remaining gaps aimed at ending a 12-year standoff with the six world powers.

"Although it was unnecessary, the report includes details about places, the number of centrifuges, their types, the amount of nuclear materials both enriched and un-enriched, the number of produced fuel plates, IAEA's repeated inspections and taking (environmental) samples and their results," Najafi said adding that "the Non-Aligned Movement opposed to it.

"The report still confirms the completely transparent nature of Iran's nuclear program," he added.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran is honoring the commitment it had made voluntarily during talks over the past year with the Group 5+1.

According to Najafi, the report has nothing new comparing to the IAEA's previous reports and "in 90 percent repeats its previous stances with new figures."

"Even the sentences are the same as written in the previous reports," said the diplomat.

He noted, "Mentioning again the previous accusations known as the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program will not give more credit to the agency's claims."

"Iran has accomplished its commitments based on the Action Plan, signed in 2014 between Iran and the P5+1 and as for the two remaining issues," Najafi added, "The country has proposed controlled accessibility to 'Marivan region."

"This is not Tehran's duty to present further explanations," Najafi said adding those countries that have provided wrong information to the IAEA, has to admit their mistakes allowing the Agency to report (them) to all member states.

"The only new issue mentioned in the report was about a recent meeting between the IAEA Director General (Yukiya Amano) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif which has taken place on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich," Najafi said adding, "The contacts are to be continued.

"To this end, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi is to meet Amano after the upcoming talks in Geneva."

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