Iran to Cooperate with IAEA only within NPT (UPDATED)

Politics Materials 21 November 2008 16:39 (UTC +04:00)

The Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran stated that Iran would cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) only within the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and would not discuss the issues beyond IAEA authorities, Chairman of the Consultative Assembly Hashemi Rafsanjani said during the Friday Prayers in Tehran on November 21, IRNA reported.

Rafsanjani added that the next report by the IAEA chairman on Iran's nuclear program is equivocal and has been developed under America's claims and influence.

Head of the IAEA Al Baradei has introduced his next report on nuclear program to the Board of Governors of IAEA. The report says Iran does not cooperate with Iran in a proper way and refuses to throw a light to some of its suspicious activities. Al Baradei said Iran prevented IAEA to control nuclear facilities.

Rafsanjani said IAEA is not authorized to exercise control over Arak heavy water plant. He said Iran has thrown a light to all suspicions and America's claims about Iran's nuclear program are false. He said a document proving US claims has not been introduced to IAEA so far.

Rafsanjani said US keeps IAEA in its sphere of influence by using force. But IAEA should try to be neutral.

US accuses Iran of intending to produce nuclear weapons. Iran vehemently rejects this claim. So far, permanent members of UN Security Council have adopted five resolutions against Iran's nuclear program demanding Iran to halt uranium enrichment program. Tehran argues that nuclear program is developed for peaceful purposes.