IAEA behind vicious circle over Iran nuclear energy program: Lawmaker

A meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, August 27, 2012.

The politically-motivated performance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Iran’s nuclear energy program is the reason behind the “vicious circle” created over the issue, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.

In a Saturday interview, Chairman of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi pointed to the Wednesday statement by the IAEA that said the agency’s negotiations with Iran “are going around in circles.”

“The reason behind the vicious circle mentioned by [IAEA Director General Yukiya] Amano is the IAEA itself,” Boroujerdi said.

“The Agency makes such statements because it uses reports that lack the required transparency and are more political than technical,” Boroujerdi pointed out.

The Iranian lawmaker also alluded to Iran’s comprehensive negotiations with the P5+1 group of world powers (UN Security Council permanent member states plus Germany) and noted, “The countries negotiating with Iran mostly act under US pressure.”

He described Iran’s nuclear energy program as highly transparent and said, “No matter what the US wants, Iran is today … practically considered as a member of the world’s nuclear club.”

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used the unfounded accusation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to non-civilian purposes.

By Press TV


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