Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Iran will not relinquish right to enrichment: IAEA ambassador

Tehran Times

The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency insisted on Tuesday that Iran will not relinquish its right to uranium enrichment.

Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh made the remarks during a news briefing, which was held on the sidelines of the XVI Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement currently underway in Tehran.

“We will not relinquish our inalienable rights to peaceful use of nuclear energy and uranium enrichment,” he added.

Soltanieh also said, “Iran abides by all its international commitments, including (those under) the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) and the agency’s Statute and will continue its cooperation (with the IAEA).”

Commenting on the meeting that Iranian and IAEA officials held in Vienna on Friday, he stated, “The negotiations are on the right track, and, during the meeting that was recently held, some progress was made and certain disagreements were resolved.”

“However, certain differences still remain, about which discussions should be held (so that) a final document can be drawn up for the framework of activities,” Soltanieh said.

He added, “One of the issues is (our demand) that the agency hand over the documents of the alleged (weapons studies) to Iran. And this issue is one of the fundamental demands of Iran, and if the agency accepts this demand of ours, we will pursue the issue.”

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