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Iran Criticizes IAEA Resolution on Syria

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 10 (ICANA) – Iran has criticized a resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reporting Syria's nuclear case to the UN Security Council, saying the agency faces a “legitimacy crisis.”
Friday, June 10, 2011 7:37:40 PM
Iran Criticizes IAEA Resolution on Syria

The resolution was passed on Thursday by 17 votes to 6, with 11 abstentions and an absent member to refer Syria to the Security Council over allegations that it built a nuclear reactor that was destroyed in 2007 by Israel.

Soltanieh added that there is a need to change the structure of the agency's Board of Governors.

“The important point is that we and independent states especially the Non-Aligned Movement are trying to change the structure and the way of interaction of the agency,” he said.

The vote came a few days after IAEA's Director General Yukiya Amano slammed the Israeli regime for the arbitrary attack on what Tel Aviv had called “a Syrian nuclear facility.”

Amano expressed regret that the bombing had been carried out "without the agency having been given an opportunity to perform its verification role."

In September 2007, at least four Israeli fighter planes crossed into the Syrian airspace and launched an attack on what turned out to be a research center that belonged to the regional grouping of the Arab League in the city of Deir ez-Zor in the northeast of the country.

The assault caused a significant rise in tension between the two sides, which are technically at war due to Tel Aviv's 1967 occupation and annexation of the Golan Heights in southwestern Syria.

Damascus denies harboring a nuclear weapons program. It opened up the attacked site to IAEA inspectors in 2008 and has pledged to fully cooperate with the agency regarding the issue.

The developments come amid Tel Aviv's continued refusal to declare its nuclear arsenal and its insistence on not joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Since 1958, when Tel Aviv began building its Dimona plutonium and uranium-processing facility in the Negev desert in southern Israel, it is believed to have secretly manufactured numerous nuclear warheads, thus becoming the sole owner of such weapons in the Middle East.

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