Wednesday Feb 13, 201309:58 AM GMT
Iran has fully cooperated with IAEA: Iranian foreign minister
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic has always fully cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


Salehi said in a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday that Iran has always cooperated with the IAEA and that IAEA inspectors had an “unprecedented” record of visits to Iran’s nuclear facilities “in the history of the agency.”

The Iranian foreign minister added that the IAEA inspectors had carried out over 7,000 man-hours of inspecting Iranian facilities.

Salehi said the inspections were carried out abruptly as the inspectors announced the site of their visits two hours before the inspections began.

The Iranian foreign minister also rejected claims that Iran did not allow IAEA inspections of its Parchin military site, saying that Parchin was “not a nuclear site.” The Parchin site has been inspected once before and a framework is needed for a next visit to the site, Salehi stated.

Salehi pointed to a delegation of the IAEA that arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for a new round of talks with Iranian officials and said the delegation would also discuss the aforementioned framework.

The United States, the Israeli regime, and some of their allies have falsely accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegation and argues that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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