Soltanieh: İran has no commitment to show "TABA" site to IAEA
Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh said that Iran does not have any commitments according to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to allow IAEA's ispectors to probe TABA site, IRNA reported.
The Iranian National Council of Resistance claimed on April 8 about discovering the location of a secret factory that manufactures high-tech equipment for Iran's nuclear program. The group says that a facility is disguised as a tool-making plant, the Washington Post reported.
The opposition group identified a cluster of three buildings inside a small industrial park as Iran's main production center for centrifuge parts since 2006. The complex is dubbed "TABA". It is under great security.
Soltanieh said we don't have to allow IAEA to inspect the sites where the centrifuges are manufactured. "based on the NPT and the agency's article of associations, Iran is not obliged to allow the inspectors in TABA site", he said.
Iranian nuclear program has caused concern since 2003, when the IAEA became aware of its concealed activity. In late 2003, Iran signed the Additional Protocol to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons and voluntarily announced about the suspension of uranium enrichment. However, it returned to this activity.
Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes of providing energy, but many other countries contend that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and last June the Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against it, citing the proliferation risks of its nuclear programme and its continued failure to cooperate with the IAEA.