Nuclear energy program is Iran’s legal right: Soltanieh
Press TV -(Thu Apr 4, 2013) Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh says the country’s nuclear energy program is a legal right and a national issue with a bright future ahead.
“Iran uses nuclear technology for completely peaceful objectives, which have been reiterated in the NPT (the Non-Proliferation Treaty), such as energy generation and its use for scientific purposes including in medical and agricultural sectors,” Soltanieh said on Wednesday.
He added that, through its nuclear energy program, Iran seeks a new opportunity to enter modern economic fields.
The envoy emphasized that the global arrogance uses Iran’s nuclear energy program as an excuse to exert pressure and issue threats against the country with the purpose of “preventing Iran from gaining access to a [reliable] energy source.”
Soltanieh said that Iran has so far had extensive cooperation with the UN nuclear agency in line with the NPT regulations and would proceed with its cooperation with the IAEA in the future.
The IAEA has inspected Iran’s nuclear sites without any limits and in accordance with the NPT and reported no diversion in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy activities, he pointed out.
Soltanieh’s remarks came ahead of a fresh round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany known as the P5+1.
Officials from the P5+1 group, which comprises Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany, are due to hold two-day talks with the Iranian negotiators in the Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5-6.
Iran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of talks with a focus on the Iranian nuclear energy program. The last round of the negotiations between the two was held in Almaty on February 26-27.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Fars NA -(Thu Apr 4, 2013) Envoy Stresses Peaceful Nature of Iran’s N. Program
Iran’s Residing Representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh once again underlined the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear program.
“Iran uses nuclear technology for completely peaceful objectives, which have been reiterated in the NPT (the Non-Proliferation Treaty) such as energy generation and its use for scientific purposes, including for medical and agricultural sectors,” Soltaniyeh said on Wednesday.
The Iranian envoy said that Iran has had extensive cooperation with the IAEA in line with the NPT regulations and would proceed with its cooperation with the UN body in the future.
The latest report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency chief on Iran acknowledges that Tehran is conducting its uranium enrichment activities successfully and under the supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog’s inspectors.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.
The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran’s nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.