Iranian official: IAEA must focus on Fukushima disaster
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is raising issues about Iran's nuclear dossier to divert the world's attention from the incident at the Fukushima nuclear site, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Fereydoun Abbasi said, Press TV reported with reference to IRNA.
With regard to the humanitarian and environmental disaster at the Fukushima plant, the IAEA should conduct an investigation on the possibility of recklessness in the site's safety precautions and avoid paying unreasonable attention to Iran's nuclear program, Abbasi said following an inspection of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.
He called on IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to investigate the issue and supervise the nuclear activities of all countries.
On March 11, a magnitude 9 earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan's main island set off a devastating tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks.
The incident led to fires, explosions, or partial meltdowns of six reactor units of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after it knocked out power to the facility's cooling systems.
A radiation leak followed and nuclear fallout was reported in many places across the world.
The AEOI director's remarks came only a few days after the IAEA director claimed he had received new evidence of possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear activities, which Iran has denied.
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.