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Karami-Rad: Iran Has No Concern over Cooperation with IAEA

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TEHRAN, Aug 28 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian legislator has deplored the West political approach to Tehran's nuclear case, saying cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is not a matter of concern for Iran.
Sunday, August 28, 2011 7:46:04 PM
Karami-Rad: Iran Has No Concern over Cooperation with IAEA

“Iranian officials have no concern about cooperation with this international body,” member of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission at the Majlis (parliament), Mohammad Karami-Rad said on Sunday as he pointed to the recent visit by an IAEA delegation to the Iranian nuclear facilities.

Speaking to ICANA, the top lawmaker added that certain Western countries are making efforts to stop this matter of routine. He emphasized that despite numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, the West tightened sanctions on the Islamic Republic under unfounded pretexts.

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.

Nackaerts also visited Bushehr nuclear power plant, the enrichment facilities in Natanz and Fordo, the nuclear fuel rods production factory in Isfahan, as well as the heavy water research reactor in Arak and the city's heavy water production plant.

The Iranian lawmaker added that Western powers should change their wrong approach because they only pursue the complete suspension of Iran's nuclear activities.

“This is the reason behind their insistence on continuation of talks (with Iran),” Karami-Rad stated.

He emphasized that talks should be held in order to bear fruit and not to spy on confidential information of a country.

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

In June 2010, the UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran under intense pressure from the United States and its allies who claim Tehran's nuclear program may have potential military aspects.


The lawmaker also described Russia's step-by-step proposal to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff with the West as a "mutual confidence-building process" and noted: "If the Western countries reduce the sanctions concurrent with Iran's efforts to remove ambiguities one can be hopeful that all the technical and legal questions of the IAEA would be answered within a timetable and the UNSC resolutions and sanctions against IRI would be lifted likewise."

He added that Moscow's plan could be an effective solution to Iran's nuclear issue provided that the Westerners would also respect it. "Iran's cooperation with the IAEA will certainly be very significant to ensure the success of the plan," he said.

In related news, Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said the United States must accept the Islamic Republic as a country possessing peaceful nuclear program.

“Iran will study Russia's step-by-step proposal regarding the nuclear issue, but Americans must realize they are facing a country that possesses the knowledge of peaceful nuclear energy,” Larijani said on Sunday.

On 13 July, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposed a new “step-by-step” approach that would enable Iran to take steps to address questions raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding its nuclear program.

According to the proposal, Iran can resume negotiations to alleviate the individual concerns of IAEA members about its nuclear activities and be rewarded along the way by a partial removal of sanctions.

On August 24, Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Seyyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said the Islamic Republic has accepted Russia's proposal in principle.

“US President [Barack Obama] called for a nuclear fuel swap through Turkey's Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip Erdogan] and Brazil's former president [Lula da Silva],” Larijani said.

The top Iranian official added that after Iran reached an agreement with Turkey and Brazil, the US suddenly shifted toward imposing sanctions against Tehran.

In June 2010, the UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of US-engineered sanctions on Iran on June 9 over its nuclear program, while the United States and the European Union have leveled unilateral measures against the country.

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