Iran says IAEA report on its nuclear program politicized, still positive

08:33, September 08, 2010      

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Iranian officials said a report of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear program was partially politicized but still bore positive gestures.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that IAEA's Monday report on the country's nuclear program was partially politicized.

The IAEA report said Iran had been continuing its uranium enrichment activities despite UN sanctions, calling for Iran to cooperate more with the IAEA to clarify the intent of its nuclear program, including providing access to all sites, equipment, personnel 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.

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