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Ebrahimi: IAEA Report on Iran Not Honest

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TEHRAN, Sept. 4 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker has rejected a claim by International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran may have secret plans to produce nuclear weapons and said the IAEA should decide based on reports provided by its inspectors.
Sunday, September 04, 2011 10:51:32 PM
Ebrahimi: IAEA Report on Iran Not Honest

Vice Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis), Hossein Ebrahimi expressed regret over IAEA's latest report against Iran and said: "IAEA has never presented a fully documented and legal report about Iran's nuclear program."

Speaking to ICANA on Sunday, the lawmaker noted: "Even if there have been positive points in favor of Iran or a legal report to that effect the legitimacy of Iran's nuclear program has been immediately questioned by adding politically motivated issues to the report."

He said IAEA had not been honest in its latest report about Iran adding that IAEA's reliance on opinions by member states cannot provide a legal ground for criticism against Iran.

Ebrahimi also deplored IAEA for lack of independence in decision makings and for being under the influence of the US and other Western countries. "As long as this procedure continues the IAEA reports on Iran are doomed," the MP stated.

He also said with IAEA cameras all over Iran's nuclear sites the country cannot have secret plans and those claims were legally worthless.

An IAEA report, dated and leaked Friday, said Iran continues to defy U.N. resolutions aimed at curbing its nuclear program and cited "increasing" concerns it may be developing nuclear weapons

But the report, intended for the IAEA's director general as well as the U.N. Security Council, also suggests Iran continues to flout U.N. and other resolutions regarding its nuclear program.

For example, "Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities" -- even at facilities being monitored by the IAEA, the report notes. The nation also "has not suspended work on all heavy water related projects, including the construction of the heavy water moderated research reactor."

And information that Iran may or may not be disclosing, specifically regarding possible nuclear weaponry being produced by the program, is a particularly pressing issue, according to the nine-page document.

"The agency is increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities involving military-related organizations," the report states.

Specifically, it cites "new information" received by the IAEA "related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile."

"The information available to the agency in connection with these outstanding issues is extensive and comprehensive and has been acquired both from member states and through its own efforts," the report adds.

Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asgshar Soltanieh, played up the report as demonstrating "the positive steps (taken by Iran) in line with cooperation and transparency," according to state-run Press TV.

"The cooperation of our country in the provision of information and clearing up ambiguities and responding to some of the questions has clearly been mentioned," Soltanieh said.

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