IAEA chief criticizes Iran for insufficient cooperation

09:14, March 02, 2010      

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Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Monday accused Iran of not sufficiently cooperating with an investigation into its nuclear activities.

"The agency continues... to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran, but we cannot confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities because Iran has not provided the agency with the necessary cooperation," Yukiya Amano told an IAEA board of governors meeting.

He said the cooperation included, among others, implementation of relevant resolutions of the IAEA board of governors and the UN Security Council.

It also meant IAEA inspectors could conduct snap inspections.

However, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Monday said Iran was fully cooperating with the UN nuclear watchdog.

The United States and its Western allies have been accusing Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under the disguise of a civilian program. Iran has denied the accusation and stressed its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

Source: Xinhua
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