Iran says IAEA report legally problematic
Tehran, Iran, May 30
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran has said that a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the Iranian nuclear program contains legal problems.
Behrooz Kamalvandi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said that the report is repetitive and contains unfounded accusations, Mehr news agency reported May 30.
The report is going to be referred to the UN Security Council Board of Directors next week.
Referring to IAEA Secretary General Yukiya Amano's statement of inability to express any idea about Iran's "unannounced" nuclear activities, Kamalvandi said that the issue can be addressed via the Additional Protocol to the NPT and furthermore, Iran believes its activities are peaceful, something the IAEA also confirms.
He also pointed to the impression that the IAEA may have the authority to inspect any place in Iran at any time and said that the impression is not true.
"Even the Additional Protocol would not give the IAEA such a privilege, neither about Iran nor about any other country," Kamalvandi asserted.
Commenting on IAEA request to visit Iran's Parchin military site, Kamalvandi said that upon a request by the agency in 2011, a report was filed that listed people, documents, and places demanded by the IAEA in 23 items.
Access was given so as to give the IAEA the chance to say that it has had no unvisited place.
"Under situations when we are holding talks with the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) as UN Security Council members and have granted that Iran's peaceful activities be continued with some voluntary limitations, the IAEA points to the issue of the suspension of our activities in the Security Council," Kamalvandi said.
"If the IAEA considers UN Security Council resolutions, then it must take into consideration the agreements we had with the 5+1 as well. Therefore, the IAEA secretary general's report has problems," he concluded.
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