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IAEA reaffirms peaceful nature of Iran nuclear program: Soltanieh
File photo shows enrichment equipment at Natanz facility in central Iran.
File photo shows enrichment equipment at Natanz facility in central Iran.
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Once more, the IAEA report [released on Friday] indicates the peacefulness of all nuclear activities of Iran including enrichment [of uranium] and it bears a significant message to the international community.”

Iran's IAEA Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh

Iran’s ambassador to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the latest report by the UN nuclear watchdog reiterates the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear energy program.


“Once more, the IAEA report [released on Friday] indicates the peaceful nature of all nuclear activities of Iran including [uranium] enrichment and this sends a significant message to international community,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh said on Sunday.

“This report shows that nuclear activities of Iran are all under supervision of the IAEA and that each gram of uranium is under control and used for peaceful purposes in Iran,” he added.

The senior Iranian diplomat went on to note that the IAEA report also proves that the sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe against Iran are only targeting the Iranian people and specifically cancer patients.

Soltanieh said Iran and the IAEA are scheduled to hold expert-level talks in Tehran on December 13 to remove the remaining ambiguities surrounding Iran’s atomic activities.

On November 11, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano acknowledged that Iran’s nuclear energy facilities are used for peaceful purposes.

In an interview with the Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Amano confirmed that a large number of nuclear energy facilities in Iran are under IAEA supervision and are used for peaceful purposes.

The last round of negotiations between Iran and the IAEA was held in the Austrian capital of Vienna on August 24, 2012.

Iran and the IAEA had also held talks in Vienna on May 14 and 15. Before that session, the two sides' representatives had held two rounds of talks in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in February and January.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating diversion in Tehran's nuclear energy program toward military purposes.

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