Iran to boost co-op with UN nuclear watchdog: Salehi

Iran to boost co-op with UN nuclear watchdog: Salehi
Mon Sep 16, 2013 19:05:45

Iran's new atomic energy chief has pledged increased cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, less than two weeks before the two sides hold a new round of talks over Tehran's nuclear program.

"I have come here with a message of my newly elected president [Hassan Rouhani] to further enhance and expand our ongoing cooperation with the agency," Ali Akbar Salehi told the annual meeting of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) member states on Monday.

The aim was to "put an end to the so-called Iranian nuclear file," Salehi told the conference in a speech.

After being elected as Iranian new president, Hassan Rouhani formed a group of experts to study and work on the Western standoff on Iran’s nuclear program.

Rouhani has said that he is determined to help end the dispute with a win-win agreement between the two sides of the issue.

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 groundless 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 and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

During the course of numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by the IAEA, no evidence has ever been found showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian purposes.


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