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Ahmadinejad Says Iranian Nuclear Dossier Closed, US Attack Unlikely And Bushehr To Be Completed

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo courtesy AFP.
by Staff Writers
Tehran (RIA Novosti) Aug 29, 2007
Iran's nuclear dossier is a closed matter, the U.S. is in no position to launch a pre-emptive strike to halt the country's nuclear progress, and the Bushehr nuclear power plant will be completed as promised, the country's president said Tuesday. "I am officially declaring that the Iranian 'nuclear dossier' is, from our point of view, closed," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said. He added that President Vladimir Putin assured him at a recent meeting of the Shanghai security organization that the Bushehr facility being built by Russia will be completed as contracted.

He said that despite repeated threats from Washington, U.S. forces are over-stretched and the country's political will flagging, making an attack unlikely.

"Washington's threats of a military solution [of the Iranian nuclear question] are largely propaganda," he said.

He said Iran has weathered Western criticism of the country's nuclear program, and will continue its research regardless of international pressure.

"All of Iran's nuclear activities conform to norms set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and international legal standards," he said. "Iran seeks nothing more than its due under international law."

He repeated Iran's long-standing position that Tehran does not seek nuclear weapons, despite Western suspicions.

The UN nuclear watchdog corroborated the Iranian announcement, stating on its Web site Tuesday that it was satisfied with Iran's compliance.

The document, entitled "Understandings of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA on the Modalities of Resolution of the Outstanding Issues," said that during a meeting in Iran with IAEA representatives, "Iran provided clarifications to the agency that helped to explain the remaining questions."

It also said that "earlier statements made by Iran are consistent with the agency's findings, and thus this matter is resolved."

The IAEA said it would resolve all outstanding questions by August 31, and that the two sides would hold talks in Iran September 24-25 to clarify any questions, to be followed up by a further meeting in mid-October.

Source: RIA Novosti

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