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Senior Lawmaker Blasts IAEA for Violating NPT Regulations

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TEHRAN, May 29 (ICANA) – A prominent Iranian legislator on Sunday strongly criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its biased report on Iran's peaceful nuclear program, describing the attitude as violation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:20:21 PM
Senior Lawmaker Blasts IAEA for Violating NPT Regulations

"Arrogant powers use legal, political, economic and media means to condemn Iran in international circles. So, it is not surprising that the IAEA violate the NPT regulations," Deputy Head of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi said.

He added that in its latest report on Iran's nuclear program, the IAEA accused Tehran of making efforts to develop nuclear warheads because it is not an independent international body.

In its latest confidential nine-page report on Tuesday, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano claimed that the agency has received new unspecific information indicating that Iran may not be merely developing nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

The report was circulated to IAEA member states ahead of a meeting of the Board of Governors next month.

Following the release of the report, Iran's residing Representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh categorically dismissed unfounded allegations against Tehran, cautioning the regulatory body against any political aims.

Soltaniyeh further said the recent report released by the IAEA chief reveals Iran's peaceful nuclear drive.

Soltaniyeh said that report indicated again that in spite of 8 years of constant inspections, no evidence has been seen to show any deviation of nuclear materials for military purpose.

He said that the main message of Amano report indicated that Iran's nuclear activities, including enrichment, is progressing with full success and without any halt and under full supervision of the agency.

"Yet, certain boring and repetitious issues about baseless accusations and speculations on a number of activities will damage the scientific and expert stance of the IAEA," Soltaniyeh concluded.

Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world's fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad.

Tehran also stresses that the country is pursuing a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA's questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

Analysts believe that the US is at loggerheads with Iran due mainly to the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

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