Explanation meeting on UN nuclear watchdog's Iran report held behind closed door

Explanation meeting on UN nuclear watchdog's Iran report held behind closed door

Technical explanation meeting on Amano report was held in Vienna for three hours behind closed door, IRNA reported.

Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano presented his report to members of Board of Governors last Tuesday.

Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh in an exclusive interview with IRNA said that the three-hour meeting on Friday evening was on the recent report of director general of the agency and his deputy explained in details by showing slides, especially annexes to the report which were related to claims about possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program.

Soltanieh added that he answered questions in details and proved that all the cases were "unfounded, groundless and scientifically baseless".

He said that at the beginning of the meeting he raised three principled questions.

"The first one asked whether during past eight years the agency has ever delivered documents concerning claims on military dimension of the issue to Iran or not? The answer was 'No'. The second question was whether it is proved that the documents in the hands of the agency, and not delivered to Iran, are authentic? The answer was 'No' again which was very good before participants in the meeting because it showed that the documents are not authentic. And the third question was whether the agency, after years of inspections, could prove that nuclear material in Iran has been deviated to military purposes or not? Which has not been proved", Soltanieh said.

He continued that concerning military sites, he cited inspection cases during past eight years with specifications and dates, and that they took samples and analyzed them and it was proved that there is no nuclear material there, so it indicates that all these claims are unfounded.

Soltanieh underlined that although it was a "tough meeting" with very sensitive technical and legal issues, but he was pleased that it was an opportunity to review eight years of work with inspectors and reminded them that they have received their answers in those meetings, "but under certain political pressures they are trying to revive the claims again, although all those questions had already had their answers".

The Iranian envoy added that with strong scientific documents, he proved that a number of cases have no scientific bases and some friendly countries also asked a number of principled questions which was noticeable.

He said that the new report and today's explanation indicated that documents used against Iran are not credible and this was the most important message of the meeting that all countries understand that all those claims against Iran are just 'some pieces of valueless papers' and none of them could prove that Iran intends to produce nuclear arsenal and all these things are some guesses and groundless conjectures without any documents.

Soltanieh stressed that in the meeting he received confirmation of Herman Nackaerts, deputy director general for Safeguards, and his colleagues that no documents have been delivered to Iran, but several years ago they showed on curtain some PowerPoint, some of which were shown again today, and none of these have any 'classification', so he asked them how they accuse Iran for a secret nuclear arsenal project, kind of 'Manhattan', but none of the letters and communications have any classifications of confidential or secret and this would be enough to prove that all these things are baseless and fake.

' Manhattan Project' was the first top secret project in the history of the United States of America concerning national security.

The IAEA said in its report this week that Iran since 2008 has refused to answer questions about the alleged weapons studies and described indications from various sources that Iran had carried out such work.

Western countries are seeking to condemn Iran in a resolution when the IAEA governing board meets starting Thursday.

Russia and China share Iran's view that the report and any punitive action damage the chances for dialogue with Iran.

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