Rouhani calls for IAEA impartiality on nuclear case
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should play its proper role in the nuclear talks between Iran and the P+1 group without being influenced by world powers.
Rouhani made the remarks on Thursday in a meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, who has traveled to Tehran for talks with senior Iranian officials over ongoing cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the UN nuclear watchdog.
“The IAEA should play its proper role from technical and legal standpoints regardless of the views of the world powers at this juncture, when negotiations with the P5+1 are approaching their final stage,” said the Iranian president.
Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United Sated, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany – are working to reach a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program in the Austrian city of Vienna. The two sides have agreed to continue talks to strike a final deal by July 7.
Rouhani said in the past, Tehran’s cooperation with the IAEA led to the resolution of some ambiguities surrounding Iran’s nuclear program, adding that the “remaining ambiguities” can be resolved in a short period of time if the required will exists on both sides.
The Islamic Republic has had a long, transparent cooperation with the IAEA and it has been proven to the agency that “false accusations about deviation in Iran’s nuclear activities are unfounded,” Rouhani said during the meeting.
None of the reports released by the IAEA have said that Iran’s nuclear program is geared toward non-civilian purposes. Nevertheless, the US and some of its allies falsely accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian goals in its nuclear energy program.
Iran like other signatories to the IAEA Safeguards Agreement “should be entitled to all of its rights and there should be no discrimination in this regard,” Rouhani said, adding, “Iran is also ready to come up with a fair framework under the safeguards and existing regulations to settle the remaining issues” surrounding the country’s nuclear program.
Iran, one of the first states to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), signed the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA in 1973. The accord came into force in 1974.
Amano, for his part, appreciated the Islamic Republic’s cooperation with the IAEA, saying that the country has always abided by its commitments.
Amano also referred to his talks with Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, saying that through mutual respect and close cooperation all issues can be resolved.
He also expressed hope that a report, which the agency will release after his trip to Tehran, would help the successful trend of the nuclear talks.