IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program partially "politicized": spokesman

19:39, September 07, 2010      

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the Monday report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the country's nuclear program was partially politicized.

The IAEA report said Iran had been continuing its uranium enrichment activities despite UN sanctions, and called for Iran to cooperate more with the IAEA to clarify the intent of its nuclear program, including providing access to all sites, equipment, persons and documents requested by the agency.

In its reports on Iran's nuclear program, the IAEA should not be politically influenced, otherwise it will go beyond the technical framework of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Mehmanparast said at his weekly press briefing on Tuesday.

"The agency was expected to focus on technical issues ... and maintain its technical dignity within the framework of NPT" but there were parts of the report which were non-technical and became politicized, he said.

However, the report confirmed that Iran's nuclear program has not been deviated from its "peaceful" nature toward weaponization, the spokesman said.

Iran has had "very good" cooperation with the IAEA and, as a member of the agency, has thoroughly abided by its commitments. Iran is doing all of its nuclear activities "under the full, 24- hour watch of the IAEA's cameras," he said.

After seven years of constant inspections, the report once again confirms the non-diversion of Iran's nuclear activities toward military and banned objectives, Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh, Iran 's ambassador to IAEA told the Islamic Republic News Agency on Monday.

The IAEA report reflects that Iran has been quite successful in scientific, technological and enrichment activities, and all these activities have taken place under the supervision of the agency, Soltaniyeh said.

The IAEA's new report has been prepared for discussions in next week's IAEA Board of Governors meeting. It lists latest developments of Iran's nuclear program since the last report produced in May.

Source: Xinhua


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