Iran calls on IAEA to "act independently"

11:16, February 28, 2011      

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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday that the issue of the alleged studies mentioned in the latest report of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano "lacks any real basis," the official IRNA news agency reported.

Salehi expressed hope that the issue of the alleged studies would be removed from the next reports of the UN nuclear watchdog about Iran's "peaceful nuclear activities," said the report.

In a report issued on Friday by Amano, it said that new information received by IAEA adds to further concerns that Iran has possibly worked on nuclear weapons.

The alleged studies is an "unfounded matter" originally brought to the IAEA's report by former chief of the IAEA Mohamed ElBaradei under the pressures of the western states, he told IRNA.

The IAEA should "act independently and prevent taking side by the western states," he was quoted as saying.

Under the term "alleged studies", which is supposedly based on a set of purloined top-secret Iranian military documents, the United States has claimed that Iran is covertly pursuing a nuclear- weapons program. Tehran, however, has rejected the allegations insisting on its nuclear activities as civilian.

Source: Xinhua
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