Ahmadinejad: Iran informed IAEA 18 months before operating new facility

September 27, 2009

NEW YORK (Agencies)- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that Iran has complied with UN rules that require it to inform the world body's nuclear agency six months before a uranium enrichment facility becomes operational, NPR reported.

Ahmadinejad said the new facility won't be operational for 18 months so Iran has not violated any requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“What we did was completely legal, according to the law. We have informed the agency, the agency will come and take a look and produce a report and it's nothing new,” he told a news conference in New York.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, announced on Friday that the Islamic Republic is building a new nuclear fuel production plant. Salehi said the activities of the new facility, like the activities of the other Iranian nuclear facilities, are within the framework of the IAEA safeguards.
President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy claimed on Friday that Iran has constructed a secret uranium enrichment facility and hided its existence from international inspectors for years.
“We thought that in the discussions with the 5-plus-1 group, we'll be able to lay the foundations for a long-term cooperation. I don't think what happened was good. I hope they can make up for it,” Ahmadinejad said, referring to the Oct. 1 talks that will include the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France — plus Germany.
Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Saturday that the West should not make Iran regret cooperating with the IAEA beyond the country’s legal obligations.
In a letter to the Vienna-based IAEA on Monday Iran informed of the UN nuclear watchdog of the facility's existence.
Ahmadinejad said enrichment facilities need not be disclosed until six months “before it is infused with gas” and operations begin.
“We actually informed the agency 18 months ahead of time,” the president explained, adding that Obama would regret the statement.
“I'm sure they'll definitely feel sorry about it. I think they probably already regret it and will be regretting it more down the road,” Ahmadinejad said. “At the end of the day, this is a very ordinary facility that has been set up, and it's only in the beginning stages.”
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