Iranˈs IAEA envoy: Iranian nuclear program totally transparent

Vienna, April 17, IRNA – Iran’s representative to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Reza Najafi said that all dimensions of Iranian nuclear program are completely transparent.
  He made the statement in reaction to recent remarks by director-general of IAEA, Yukiya Amano on Iran’s nuclear program in an interview with Xinhua News Agency.

He said it was surprising to hear such remarks under present climate of cooperation with the agency.

Najafi pointed out that Iran had already accepted Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty voluntarily, but, the IAEA referred Iran to the United Nations Security Council in 2009.

He said that after settlement of the outstanding issues with the agency, the former Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei issued clean health bill to the Iranian nuclear program and confirmed non-diversion from the civilian program.

He further noted that the issues are currently under discussion in the talks between Iran and 5+1 Group and nobody, even the IAEA, cannot expect Iran to implement the additional protocol, considered a voluntary document by many of the IAEA members, until the full lifting of the sanctions against Iran.

As to the allegations not supported by any evidence, he deplored that while Iran is cooperating with the agency, media are provided with such unsubstantiated claims.

In an interview with Xinhua on April 15, Amano said that Iran avoids providing the agency with prior information on plans for building nuclear facilities. Therefore, the body cannot say that all the country’s nuclear activities are peaceful.



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