1 October 2012
Reply of the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
To the allegations made by Canadian Foreign Minister on the Iranian nuclear program
United Nations, General Assembly
(1 October, 2012)
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
Today delegation of Canada made allegations against the Iranian nuclear program.
The same accusations were also made by few other western countries during the general debate of the General Assembly.
In exercising our right of reply, I would like to make the following comments:
Like the other NPT States Parties, the Islamic Republic of Iran has an inalienable right to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination.
Iran is firmly determined to exercise this right in full.
At the same time, we are fully committed to our obligations under the NPT and our commitment to non-proliferation remains intact.
Nuclear activities of my country are, and always have been, exclusively for peaceful purposes and the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran has been repeatedly confirmed by the IAEA.
In line with its obligations under the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA, Iran fully cooperates with the Agency.
All activities in our nuclear sites are under IAEA’s 24-hour surveillance cameras and the Agency’s resident inspectors regularly visit these sites and measure and seal enriched uranium containers.
The IAEA Director General in all his relevant reports, including its latest report on 30 August 2012, has stated that “the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material at the nuclear facilities and [locations outside facilities where nuclear material is customarily used] LOFs declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement.”
Therefore, it is evident that these politically motivated allegations are without any foundation and the objective behind making such claims by a few western countries – which are either Nuclear-Weapon States or under their nuclear umbrella – is an attempt to divert the attentions from their own abysmal record in non-compliance with their nuclear disarmament obligations under the NPT.
Instead of making unfounded allegations against peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, they have to comply with their legal obligations under the NPT, in particular to freeze modernization of their nuclear arsenals, withdraw immediately their nukes from other countries, refrain from nuclear weapon-sharing and cooperating with the non-NPT parties, and eliminate all their nuclear weapons.
Moreover, unwarranted focus by these western countries on the peaceful nuclear program of Iran, and at the same time, their deadly silence on the nuclear weapons as well as other weapons of mass destruction of the Zionist regime is entirely hypocritical.
These facts are sufficient enough to realize that how baseless and absurd these allegations are and how inconsistent the positions of these western countries to nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament are.
Iran’s exclusively nuclear program is not a threat.
The only source of threats against regional and international peace and security is the Zionist regime which has more than 200 nuclear warheads and is the only non-NPT Party in the Middle East.
The is no more source of insecurity and instability in the Middle east and beyond other than the Israeli regime which audaciously tries to identify redlines for peaceful nuclear activities of others, while she herself, confident to its big patron, the U.S. and its other western supporters, has crossed all redlines during its lifetime and committed all crimes, from crime of aggression to war crimes and crimes against humanity, and still continues to threaten other countries.
This regime must accede to all treaties related to Weapons of Mass Destruction, in particular the NPT without any condition and further delay, put all its nuclear activities under the IAEA comprehensive safeguards, and fully comply with all its international obligations.
In Conclusion, I would like to stress that, while Iran stands ready to engage in a serious and constructive negotiation with interested parties based on justice and mutual respect and without preconditions, however, it will never compromise on its inalienable right to peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, including its inherent right to develop a full national nuclear fuel cycle.
I thank you Madam President