Iran may lose confidence in UN nuclear watchdog: DM

15:11, December 03, 2009      

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Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi criticized on Wednesday the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors for issuing a resolution against Iran, saying that Tehran may lose confidence in the UN nuclear watchdog.

"Iran's confidence in the Agency has been impaired in the political resolution," Vahidi was quoted by the semi-official Farsnews agency as saying when addressing a military and police commanders' gathering in the central city of Isfahan.

Last Friday, the IAEA board of governors passed a resolution during a meeting in Vienna, calling for the "full cooperation" of Iran to clarify all outstanding issues involving its nuclear program and requiring Iran to stop construction on the newly-disclosed Fordo uranium enrichment facility near the central Iranian city of Qom.

Vahidi said "arrogant powers" are misusing international organizations for the sake of their own interests and try to trample on the nations' rights and hinder the progress and development of independent countries, according to the report.

Such illogical positions strengthen the Iranian government and nation's will for achieving self-sufficiency and self-reliance, the defense minister added.

Western powers suspected Iran of attempting to build nuclear weapons, but Tehran said its nuclear program was aimed at generating nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

Source: Xinhua
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