‘Iran not obliged to allow inspection of centrifuge parts producing factories’

April 13, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, has said that Iran is not obliged to allow the IAEA inspectors to visit the factories that are producing centrifuge components.

The inspection of centers that manufacture centrifuge spare parts is not within the framework of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Soltanieh told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
Soltanieh’s remarks came amid reports that a factory, situated near the Iranian capital Tehran, is manufacturing centrifuge spare parts.
Soltanieh stated that only centrifuges must be inspected, and the inspection is carried out regularly.
Iran is committed to continue its cooperation with the IAEA, he added.
-------- Iran ready to negotiate with 5+1
Asked about the continuation of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) and the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s recent letter to Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Soltanieh said, “Iran is always ready to engage in negotiations with the 5+1 group.”
However, no precondition must be set for any future negotiations, our inalienable rights must be recognized, and the talks must be based on interaction, he added.
--------- Iran to attend IAEA Convention on Nuclear Safety
Earlier on Tuesday, Soltanieh announced that the Islamic republic of Iran will attend the IAEA Convention on Nuclear Safety.
Talking to the Fars News Agency, he said that the conference will be held in the second half of June, and the senior officials of the member states will take part in the event.
The Islamic Republic will participate in the conference as an active member, he stated.
The Convention on Nuclear Safety was adopted in Vienna on 17 June 1994. The Convention was drawn up during a series of expert level meetings from 1992 to 1994 and was the result of considerable work by Governments, national nuclear safety authorities and the Agency’s Secretariat. Its aim is to legally commit participating States operating land-based nuclear power plants to maintain a high level of safety by setting international benchmarks to which States would subscribe