Salehi: Inspecting military sites not within IAEA authorities

Salehi: Inspecting military sites not within IAEA authorities
Sat Dec 21, 2013 16:08:13

Iranian senior official has underscored that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors have no responsibility to inspect the country’s military and missile facilities.

“The agency’s inspectors have no right and [no] responsibility to do it. There is no authority in the world [responsible] for inspecting such facilities, and there is no treaty in that regard, either,” Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday.

Dismissing unsubstantiated reports of certain media which quoted him as saying that the agency’s inspectors will visit Iran’s missile industries, Salehi emphasized “The IAEA is not in a position to conduct such inspections.”

Salehi further denied charges leveled by certain Western countries suggesting a diversion in Iran’s civilian atomic work.

“Such accusations are unfounded given the IAEA’s inspections and [Iran’s] broad transparency moves and cooperation,” the AEOI head said.

In November, Iran and the IAEA agreed on a road map based on which Iran would, on a voluntary basis, allow IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant and the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran, despite the fact that Tehran is under no such obligation to do so under the Safeguards Agreement.

The voluntary move is a goodwill gesture on the part of Iran to clear up ambiguities over the peaceful nature of its nuclear energy program.


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