IAEA favors constructive co-op with Iran president

IAEA favors constructive co-op with Iran president
Mon Sep 9, 2013 19:31:46

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it favors constructive cooperation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in view of resolving Western standoff on Tehran’s nuclear program.

IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano said on Monday that the IAEA “remains committed to working constructively with Iran, under the country's new government, to resolve outstanding issues by diplomatic means.”

Amano, who was addressing the IAEA Board of Governors, called on Tehran to allay concerns about the nature of its nuclear energy program.

He also asked Iranian authorities to provide access to the Parchin military site outside the Iranian capital.

On September 6, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said Iran is ready to allay Western concerns over its nuclear energy program in a “win-win manner.”

“Although we deem the nuclear dossier concocted, we are ready to allay the West’s concerns on the basis of international laws and conventions,” Ali Akbar Salehi said.

A new round of talks is scheduled to be held between Tehran and the IAEA in Vienna on September 27.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.

Tehran strongly rejects the claim, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Meanwhile, numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by the IAEA have never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian purposes.


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