Iran to continue cooperation with IAEA
Iran's Ambassador to IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh, in a conference on Friday, underlined continuation of cooperation of Iran with IAEA in the framework of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), IRNA reported.
Participants in the conference discussed a report presented by London Strategic Studies Center concerning Iran's abilities in diffeent fields of high-tech.
The conference was held with coordination of Vienna International Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapon and Vienna Diplomatic Academy.
Soltanieh, as a special guest, attended the conference and at the beginning of his speech declared Iran's opposition with all mass-destruction weapons, either chemical, biological or nuclear.
In his speech, Soltanieh reminded that during Saddam Hussein imposed war against Iran, more than 100 thousand Iranians were injured by chemical weapons, but Iran, because of its obligations to Islamic beliefs, did not retaliate and never used chemical weapons against the Iraqis.
The ambassador also criticized western countries and their study centers 'which usually write reports against Iran'.
Reacting to a claim by one of the speakers of the conference about development of missile in Iran, the ambassador said that there is no international treaty to prevent missile activities, so all countries, including Iran, which has a bitter memory of missiles attacks during the imposed war, has the right to continue its activity in missile field to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Soltanieh added that Iran has achieved a great success in using renewable energies such as solar, wind, and thermal ones and the government, upon approval of the parliament, is to produce 20 thousand megawatts of electricity through its nuclear power plants in the next 20 years.
He said that Iran has always been ready for cooperation and negotiation with other countries if they recognize its inalienable rights to use peaceful nuclear energy, including enrichment of uranium and Iran will continue its cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA) in the framework of NPT.
Concerning imposed sanctions against Iran, the ambassador said that the sanctions have no effect on Iran's nuclear activities and uranium enrichment and it has been declared clearly in the IAEA's report and all those who passed the resolution in New York know that such resolutions and other hostile acts, including assasination of Iranian nuclear scientists has no affect on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, so we advise them to choose way of negotiation and cooperation instead of confrontation.