Iran's IAEA ambassador criticizes U.S. for postponing nuclear meeting
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 5 /Trend S.Isayev, D. Khatinoglu/
Iran's ambassador to IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh criticized the U.S. for postponing the conference on nuclear disarmament, Mehr reported.
In Washington, official spokespersons said that the delay of the meeting is caused by the situation in the Middle East, referring to political tensions that involve several States in the region.
"It is apparent that Israel is violating the international laws, and it has not joined the NPT (nuclear proliferation treaty agreement). Thus, the U.S., as Israel's major supporter, cancelled the nuclear meeting," Soltanieh said.
The ambassador noted that this goes against the international laws, as no member state can cancel the meeting.
On Monday, Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili Monday slammed the US for the delay in the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany).
Speaking in a meeting with Tunisian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mocef Ben Salem in Tehran, Jalili said that the international community expected a logical response by the six world powers to Tehran's "logical proposals" after the last round of multilateral talks in Moscow in June.
Earlier this year, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said that the US is not after resolving Iran's nuclear issue and has prevented a negotiated solution to the nuclear standoff in the talks between Iran and the six world powers.
Washington and its Western allies suspect Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.