Iran insists on right to make nuclear fuel
VIENNA, Sept 12 (AFP) Sep 12, 2005
Iran said Monday it would cooperate fully with UN atomic inspectors provided it was allowed to make nuclear fuel, according to a document presented Monday to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and obtained by AFP.
Iran also blasted as misleading an IAEA report which said Iran was "overdue" in providing full cooperation with the agency's two-and-a-half-year-old investigation into Iranian nuclear activities.
The IAEA on August 11 called on Iran to stop nuclear fuel activities in order to resume talks with the European Union on guaranteeing its nuclear program is peaceful, as Tehran claims it is. The United States says it believes Tehran is running a covert atomic weapons program.
The agency's 35-nation board of governors is to meet next Monday, with the United States and the EU seeking to send the Islamic Republic before the UN Security Council, which could impose penalties, if Tehran persists in the fuel activities.
Iran "declares that it is determined to continue its full cooperation with the IAEA ... provided that Iran is not deprived from its inalienable rights for peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including nuclear fuel cycle," Tehran said in the document.
Iran also said it had "serious concerns about the misunderstandings, confusions, missperceptions" about Iran's nuclear program made by some nations, in an apparent reference to the United States and EU nations.
It was Iran's first detailed reaction to IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei's September 2 report, which said critical questions remained about Tehran's nuclear program.
The IAEA report also said that in early August Iran resumed fuel cycle work, which it had suspended last November in order to start the talks with EU negotiators Britain, France and Germany.
ElBaradei said that since the IAEA "is not yet in a position to clarify some important outstanding issues after two and a half years of intensive inspections and investigation, Iran's full transparency is indispensable and overdue."
Iran said in the document presented Monday to members of the IAEA board that "it could easily be concluded that the international community has been, to a great extent, misled with bias, politicized and exaggerated information on Iranian nuclear programs and activities."
The document, titled as "complementary information to the report of the director general (ElBaradei)," said Iran had provided a full accounting of nuclear activities as well as "accesses to military sites following the allegations by a certain country and the opposition terrorist group supported by it," a reference to the United States and the Iranian mujahedeen resistance.
"The inspection proved the allegations to be baseless," the document said, referring to the Kolahdouz, Lavizan and Parchin sites where the United States claims Iran has done weapons explosive work related to atom bombs and possibly uranium enrichment.
Iran has refused to allow IAEA inspectors to visit another site near Lavizan, which is in Tehran, and barred them from returning for a second visit to Parchin, IAEA officials said.
The Iranian document said however that "new request for visit to Parchin is contrary to the agreement made in Vienna (that led to an) inspection conducted in the satisfactory manner."All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.