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Aqazadeh: IAEA Inspections Will Help Lower Ambiguities

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TEHRAN, Aug 28 (ICANA) – A member of Iranian Parliament (Majlis) is convinced that frequent visits by IAEA inspectors to Iran's nuclear sites will help remove ambiguities and uncertainties and draw confidence of the world public opinion towards Tehran's peaceful nuclear program.
Sunday, August 28, 2011 9:51:12 PM
Aqazadeh: IAEA Inspections Will Help Lower Ambiguities

Seyed Ali Aqazadeh Dafsari told ICANA on Sunday that the recent inspection of Iranian nuclear sites by an IAEA team had been coordinated with Iran's nuclear officials beforehand. However, the lawmaker regretted that the IAEA included certain politically motivated things in its final report under pressure from the Zionist lobby and arrogant powers.

He added that Iran's cooperation with international organizations was unique, noting: "Many nuclear club member states like the United States exerted strict restrictions on IAEA inspections with the IAEA Board of Governors showing no reaction.

The member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis criticized the IAEA for its discriminatory inspections of its member states and said: "In view of the fact that all the nuclear activities of Iran were carried out within the NPT the IRI officials have no concern about cooperation with the international inspectors."

On Russia's step-by-step proposal to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff with the West, the legislator stated that according to the plan the West is obliged to trim down the sanctions against Iran in proportion to Iran's cooperation with the IAEA. In other words, Aqazadeh noted, the success of the Russian plan would mainly depend on the extent of West's commitment or else it would be doomed as has been the case with previous proposals.

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.

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.

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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