TEHRAN - Iran will continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran’s ambassador to the agency said on Friday.
Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh made the remarks in an interview with the Persian service of the Fars News Agency shortly after IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s latest report on Iran’s nuclear program was issued.
The report, which addresses developments since the agency’s last report on November 8, 2011, was issued after two rounds of talks were held between Iranian and IAEA officials in Tehran from January 29 to 31 and February 21 to 22.
Part of the report read, “The Director General calls upon Iran to cooperate fully with the Agency.”
Ambassador Soltanieh said, “Regarding the continuation of talks, we will continue negotiations to once again prove to the world that certain countries’ claims are unfounded and that all our nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes.”
“(But) we will never relinquish our inalienable rights to the peaceful use of nuclear energy,” he added.
He also said, “The agency’s report once again showed the peaceful nature of our country’s nuclear activities and successes in the field of science and nuclear technology.”
“The report proves that all of our nuclear activities are under the supervision of the agency and that cooperation continues,” Soltanieh stated.
Part of the IAEA report read that all the facilities that Iran has declared are “under Agency safeguards.”
Agreement required for visit to Parchin
Asked about the fact that Iran rejected the requests by the IAEA delegations to inspect the Parchin site, which is located southeast of Tehran, during their two recent visits, Soltanieh said, “It should be noted that a framework must be agreed on for any access or visit… Initial negotiations have been held about the framework and modality, but we have not reached an initial agreement yet, and it is necessary that negotiations continue.”
He added that Iran is ready to continue negotiations to help establish such a framework, adding, “The Islamic Republic, as a country that is responsible and committed to international regulations, will continue its cooperation with the agency.”
IAEA report should have remained confidential
Commenting on the fact that the text of the report was leaked while it was supposed to remain confidential, he stated, “The director general’s reports can only be seen by the members and only on the agency’s website, but certain members release the reports to the media, and unfortunately, the agency’s reports usually leak out.”
Iran not enriching uranium above 20 percent
Elsewhere in his remarks, Soltanieh rejected the claims that Iran had been enriching uranium above the purity level of 20 percent, saying, “As it has been stated in the report, Iran has not enriched uranium above 20 percent, and the amount of uranium enriched up to 20 percent has been precisely stated in the report, which has been 95.4 kilograms so far.”
He also said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran showed that Iran has taken a practical step toward continuing negotiations through submitting a declaration in regard to the director general’s previous report on the alleged (weapons) studies.”
Request to visit Parchin site went beyond routine inspections
In an interview with the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday, Soltanieh once again commented on the fact that Iran had not granted the IAEA access to visit the Parchin site, saying, “Routine inspections have been conducted and continue to be carried out. The agency’s request to visit the Parchin site went beyond routine inspections, and the agency’s requests for the resolution of certain ambiguities and questions require an agreement on a framework.”
West should not ruin atmosphere of Iran-IAEA cooperation
Elsewhere in the interview with ISNA, the Iranian ambassador commented on the commotion certain countries have raised about Iran’s nuclear program and said, “I advise other countries, particularly Western countries, to seriously refrain from making any comments that would sour the atmosphere of (Iran’s) cooperation with the agency.”
“The agency should be allowed to carry out its activities professionally, impartially, and without being prejudiced by political motives because the Islamic Republic of Iran plans to continue its negotiations with the agency to help resolve issues of concern to the agency,” he added.
The main bone of contention between Tehran and the West is Iran’s uranium enrichment program.
Iran says all its nuclear activities are totally peaceful, and, as an IAEA member and a nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty signatory, it has the legal right to produce nuclear fuel for its research reactors and nuclear power plants.
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