IAEA vouches again for Iran's program - envoy
Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says its latest report reaffirms that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.
Following the report by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to the agency's Board of Governors on Tuesday, Ali Asghar Soltanieh told Press TV's correspondent in Vienna that the report has once again reassures the international community that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.
Amano circulated the nine-page report on Iran's nuclear program among the IAEA's board members on Tuesday evening.
"According to the report, all the Iranian nuclear activities, including enrichment, have been under the supervision of the agency [IAEA], and hasn't been diverted to nuclear weapons production, and it is completely peaceful," Soltanieh added.
He went on to say that the report also rejects Western media claims about technical problems in Iran's enrichment process, underlining that it is progressing under the agency's supervision.
Earlier on Monday, an Associated Press report citing unnamed diplomats in Vienna claimed that technical problems had hit thousands of centrifuges in Iran, temporarily paralyzing the country's enrichment activities.
The report, however, calls on Tehran to immediately suspend all enrichment-related activities.
Soltanieh called the demand paradoxical and said, "When all nuclear activities are accounted for and there is no diversion to military purposes and it remains for peaceful purposes under the full inspections of IAEA... what is the justification for referring to old obsolete request of suspension?"
The document also asked Iran to sign the additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), saying only after this the agency can verify the country's nuclear program completely.
Iran has rejected the call, stressing that IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence of diversion in Iran's civilian nuclear program.
Soltanieh said that IAEA is expected make a clear distinction between the legally binding obligations and other measures that Iran is requested to do voluntarily, noting that there is no obligation to join the additional protocol to the NPT.
The Iranian official added that Iran implemented the additional protocol for two and a half years voluntarily, but when Iran's nuclear program was taken to UN Security Council, the Iranian parliament ordered it to be halted.
Under the IAEA's standard operating procedures, the director general's report is usually prepared seven to ten days before the Board of Governors' quarterly meeting.
The board's two-day meeting is slated to open on December 2 at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna.
Iran is a signatory to NPT and thus has the right to enrich uranium to produce fuel for peaceful purposes.