Iran’s representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran’s nuclear dossier at the agency should be closed for good since Iran has complied with all IAEA requirements stipulated in their agreement.
Yesterday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano raised the possibility that Iran’s nuclear program might be aimed at specific military goals according to new information received by the Agency.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s IAEA representative, said: “Anyone can present the agency with information. Amano is responsible for checking the reliability of his sources and the truth of the information.”
Referring to the letter written by Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, the head of Iran’s Atomic Agency, Soltanieh reminded the IAEA that Iran has complied with all requirements laid out in its agreements with the agency.
Davani has written to the IAEA, saying: “The agency is required to officially acknowledge that all requirements have been met, and therefore, nothing more than the usual safeguards are required in Iran.” He added: “Once this has been announced by the agency, then Iran will respond to further questions about its program and clear up any possible concerns.”
Amano said that he had written to Iran’s atomic energy chief on June 3 soliciting responses to several questions that address the concern that Iran’s nuclear program may be headed in a military direction. He added that Iran’s response has been unsatisfactory.
However, Soltanieh responds, saying: “The recent claims of the director of the IAEA regarding the military nature of Iran’s nuclear activities are a result of U.S. political pressure.”
He added that Amano was partial to the U.S. even before he took the helm at the IAEA.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also critcized Yukiya Amano today saying he has discredited the international agency by making baseless allegations regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
Most recently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov indicated that no concrete evidence of the militarization of Iran’s nuclear program has yet been presented by the IAEA.
Iran has consistently insisted its nuclear program is peaceful.