lundi, septembre 18, 2006

Actualité - Iran Defends Peaceful Nuclear Program

Vienna, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) - Iran again ratified the peaceful character of its nuclear program and rejected the decision issued by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency to submit the matter to the UN Security Council on Monday.

Iranian vice president and maximum representative of the IAEA in the Islamic Republic, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, considered that the IAEA Board violates its own laws by submitting the case to the UN, as it does not have sufficient legal basis nor the legal right to do so, which is a dangerous precedent, he said.

In his speech at the 50th IAEA General Conference, Aghazadeh declared there is no way that the nuclear program boosted by his country can represent a threat to the world.

After three years of detailed revisions by the IAEA no legal evidence of a possible use of the atomic energy for prohibited aims was found he pointed out, and said he was unsatisfied by the Board´s attempts to turn voluntary Teheran agreements with the AIEA into obligations.

The function of the AIEA is to guarantee and assure that member states have the possibility to employ nuclear energy for peaceful ends, he reminded.

The official asserted they remain willing to be flexible with the negotiators and look favorably on continuing discussions with the five permanent members of the Security Council (China, France, Great Britain, Russia and the US, plus Germany) as proposed in June.

(Prensa Latina News Agency)

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