Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran says it is ready to cooperate “more than before” with the International Atomic Energy Agency if the agency “amends” its behaviour.

ISNA reports that Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi concluded a cabinet meeting on Sunday, saying: “If the IAEA acts within the framework of safeguard regulations and statutes, we will be ready to cooperate with it as in the past, and perhaps even more than before.”

He added: “We regard the agency as the legal source for the nuclear activities of the member countries and we do not wish that its credibility is in any way damaged. We hope that Mr. Amano understands Iran’s good faith and that Iran, despite all pressures and injustices, has been trying not to allow the agency’s credibility to be compromised.”

Salehi went on to describe the IAEA Board of Governors’ resolution on Iran’s nuclear activities as “ineffective.”

On November 18, the Board of Governors issued a resolution expressing “deep and growing concern” with Iran’s nuclear program. Iran says the resolution is “unbalanced, unprofessional, illegal and politically motivated.”

The resolution calls on Iran to act on a UN resolution, which demands that Iran suspend uranium enrichment. Iran refuses to do so, stressing that its uranium enrichment activities are to produce fuel for its nuclear reactors and, therefore, are not in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The United States and the European Union are also looking at imposing further sanctions on Iran; however, the Russian foreign minister has said that sanctions against Iran are ineffective and the nuclear disputes with Iran should be resolved through diplomatic talks.