But Will Maintain Cooperation With the Agency
The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh said in an interview with Press TV today that the accusations contained in the report published by the agency on Wednesday on the nature of the Iranian nuclear program were simply a repetition of U.S. and Israeli claims meant to be used as a pretext to expand sanctions against the country.
The IAEA has repeatedly expressed concerns on the possibility of a military dimension to the Iranian program and had wanted access to Parchin military base near Tehran suspected of running a research program on nuclear weaponization. Iran rejects the suggestion, calling it Western-inspired accusation.
Soltanieh also said that despite the dispute, Iran was committed to its cooperation with the agency.
“After 10 years of the most robust inspection in the history of the IAEA, no evidence of diversion of nuclear material or nuclear activities to the prohibited purposes have been found and everything remains peaceful,” Soltanieh said (Press TV, 23 May)