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Iran's Cooperation with IAEA to Help Success of Russian Plan

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TEHRAN, Aug 27 (ICANA) – A member of Iranian parliament (Majlis) says Tehran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be important in ensuring the success of Russia's step-by-step plan to resolve Iran's nuclear issue.
Saturday, August 27, 2011 11:02:48 PM
Iran's Cooperation with IAEA to Help Success of Russian Plan

MP Hossein Ebrahimi made the statement in an interview with ICANA on Saturday when asked to comment on inspection of Iranian nuclear sites by IAEA inspectors.

Deputy head of IAEA Safeguards Department has toured the country's nuclear facilities. Herman Nackaerts and his deputies have visited Iran's nuclear sites earlier this week upon an invitation from the Islamic Republic.

The visit came following talks between Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoun Abbasi, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and IAEA's Director General Yukiya Amano.

Ebrahimi, Vice Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis, added that these inspections are done in accord with the NPT and based on legal and technical rules and regulations. However, the MP regretted that the big powers were taking political advantage of the IAEA visit to Iran.

He said IAEA experts travel to Iran always with prior coordination and file reports on Iran's nuclear activities, adding that when preparing their final report they include some non-legal points which gives the West room to exert pressure on Tehran.

Supporting Moscow's step-by-step plan on Iran's nuclear issue, the lawmaker said was it not for the influence of Russia and China over Group 5+1 countries, Iran's nuclear case would face more complications with numerous issues still remaining unsettled.

He said Iran respected the NPT and urged the international community, particularly the West to lift the sanctions against IRI in response to its confidence-building measures.

He also said IAEA can play an effective role in the progress of Iran-West nuclear talks due to its control over Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

During his tour, Nackaerts met with Abbasi to discuss ways of expanding ties between Tehran and the IAEA on addressing some of the agency's questions regarding the Islamic Republic's civilian nuclear program.

The IAEA team visited the Bushehr nuclear power plant and the enrichment facilities in Natanz and Fordo. They also toured the nuclear sites in Isfahan, including the nuclear fuel rods production factory, as well as the heavy water research reactor in Arak and the city's heavy water production plant.

In June 2010, the UN Security Council passed a resolution for imposing a fourth round of sanctions on Iran under intense pressure by the United States and its allies, which claim that Iran's nuclear program may have potential military aspects.

However, shortly after the UN sanctions, the US and the EU engaged in imposing fresh unilateral sanctions against Iran's financial and energy sectors, encouraging other countries to abandon investment in the Iranian market.

Iran says that as a member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has every right to use the peaceful applications of nuclear energy for electricity generation and medical research.

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