Iran refutes IAEA military claims

Iran refutes IAEA military claims

Iran dismisses as "unfounded" military allegations leveled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying there is no evidence that the country's nuclear activities pursue military aims, Press TV reported with reference to IRNA.

"No proof has been offered to support claims that the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear program is deviating (from its peaceful path) to military objectives," Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh told.

He added that in a response letter to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi rejected baseless claims about military issues.

The letter also rejected groundless allegations against the Islamic Republic with regard to alleged studies and said based on a modality plan agreed between Iran and the IAEA in 2007, the agency should announce the case is closed.

"In that case, we are ready to resolve possible ambiguities," Soltanieh pointed out.

The Iranian envoy stated that the country's enrichment activities are progressing "in terms of the level of technology and produced enriched material."

This shows that the enemies' efforts have had no impact on nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic, he reiterated.

Soltanieh pointed out that Tehran's letter to the IAEA was an indication that Iran, as a responsible country, would go ahead with its nuclear activities and its cooperation with the UN nuclear agency.

In the latest confidential nine-page report on May 24, the IAEA head claimed that the agency has received new unspecific information indicating that Iran may not be merely developing nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

The report again repeated what it commonly refers to as an overall assessment, claiming that the UN nuclear body cannot maintain that all nuclear items of Iran are peaceful.

The report was circulated to IAEA member states ahead of a meeting of the Board of Governors next month.

Iran has repeatedly and vehemently rejected unverified Western allegations that it is pursuing a military nuclear program, insisting that as a member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it has every right to engage in nuclear activities for all peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has been regularly conducting rigorous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence of Iran's diversion from a civilian nuclear program.

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