IAEA should provide Iran with Israel atomic program data


Iran’s nuclear chief Fereydoun Abbasi says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should provide Tehran with information about the location and number of Israel’s nuclear facilities in spirit of fairness.

“I suggested that the agency’s secretary general provides Iran with the geographical coordinates and number of the enrichment facilities of Israel, which is Iran’s enemy, so that both parties have equal chance for attack,” Abbasi said on Tuesday.

Abbasi added that he has advised Yukiya Amano to refrain from publishing information about Iran’s nuclear program on the Internet.

The Iranian nuclear chief traveled to the Austrian capital, Vienna, to attend the annual meeting of IAEA members on Monday. After the meeting, he told reporters that Iran has no plans to enrich uranium above 20 percent level and the country’s enrichment activities are mainly focused on producing less than five percent enriched uranium

Abbasi later held a private meeting with Amano to discuss issues related to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.  Following the meeting on Tuesday, Amano said in a statement that the IAEA is ready to hold talks with Tehran in near future.

“I confirmed to Dr. Abbasi that the Agency is committed to continued dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran and expressed the readiness of Agency negotiators to meet with Iran in the near future,” Amano said.

Western countries and Israel accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.