Iran's N-decree meets intl. standards
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's directive on the continuation of uranium enrichment to a 20 percent level is in line with "international agreements," an Iranian lawmaker says, Press TV reported.
Member of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis (Parliament,) Javad Jahangirzadeh, said President Ahmadinejad's instructions to the government to press ahead with the 20 percent uranium enrichment plan and avoid cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) beyond the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is in line with "international agreements, ISNA reported on Tuesday.
This order precisely flew in the face of all those attitudes that impeded our progress, which proves the president's sophisticated attitude and expertise within the framework of international agreements, he said.
"We are not supposed to sit back and stop our work because of some states or major powers' pressure. If we are a member of the NPT, we should enjoy its benefits," Jahangirzadeh added.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced a directive instructing the government to cooperate with the IAEA only within the framework of the NPT. Under the directive, the Iranian government is also forbidden from fulfilling demands which go beyond the NPT.
The US and its allies have accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons under the guise of a peaceful nuclear program and imposed unilateral sanctions because of the country's enrichment activity.
Iran has rejected the accusations, arguing that as a member of the NPT and based on rules and regulations of the IAEA, the country reserves the right to continue its enrichment activities.
The Iranian parliamentarian cited Tehran reactor's nuclear fuel supply as an international duty, saying the issue of fuel supply is totally independent from other subjects.
Jahangirzadeh further obliged the IAEA to provide the Tehran research reactor with nuclear fuel.