Realities of Iran N-program have been neglected, envoy

Berlin, Oct 9, IRNA – Iran’s ambassador to the International Court of Justice here on Tuesday criticized West’s double standards towards Iran nuclear activities stressing that the realities of Tehrans nuclear program have been neglected.

Kazem Gharibabadi, also Iran’s permanent representative to the Organization for the Proliferation of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW), made the remarks while addressing a meeting of foreign diplomats residing in Berlin as well as academics and researchers.

US was the first country encouraging Iran to possess nuclear technology while now it has become the serious opponent of Tehran’s peaceful nuclear activities, he added.

The nuclear program of Iran was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The participation of the United States and Western European governments in Irans nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran.

According to Gharibabadi, Iran and US signed an agreement on March 5, 1957 for bilateral cooperation on the use of peaceful nuclear energy.

US delivered the first 5MW light water research reactor to Iran in 1967. The reactor consumed the 93-percent enriched uranium and US used to provide 5kg of its fuel to Iran, he said.

After the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Tehran decided to continue its membership at and commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). However, Tehran’s valid nuclear deals with the West faced a bitter fate due to the approaches adopted by western countries which were clear examples of their discriminatory and double standards towards Iran nuclear issue, he added.

Reiterating that power generation has been the main objective of the Islamic Republic’s efforts to develop nuclear technology, Gharibabadi said Tehran is determined to generate some 20,000 MW of nuclear electricity by buiding nuclear power plants by 2025.

Referring to more than 7,000 person/day of inspections launched in Iran’s nuclear sites by the UN nucealr watchdogs experts, he stressed Tehran has proved its good will through cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and tried to remove remaining ambiguities by taking confidence-building measures which were beyond its legal obligations.

Stressing that there was no evidence showing that Iran was pursuing a military nuclear program, Gharibabadi said nuclear weapons have no place in Iran’s defense strategy.

The ambassador reiterated that the Islamic Republic is itself a victim of the chemical weapons.

He stressed that the best solution to Tehran nuclear dispute with the West would be a peaceful win-win plan based on mutual respect.

By IRNA

 

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