Iranˈs resident representative to IAEA in an address for UN nuclear watchdogˈs board of governors here Thursday appreciated Non-Aligned Movementˈs continued support for Tehranˈs peaceful nuclear program.
Najafi appreciates NAMˈs support for Iranˈs nuclear program
‘My delegation is very pleased that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) once again fully supported Iran’s peaceful nuclear program in this meeting,’ said Reza Najafi.
Referring to IAEA Director General’s last year tenure in the agency, Najafi also appreciated his management at the UN nuclear watchdog.
‘Mr. Chairman, since this is your last meeting of the Board, let me put on the record the appreciation of my delegation to your excellent work for presiding over this august body. Your diplomatic skills and professional leadership has guided the Board to have successful meetings throughout last year. I wish you all the best,’ he said.
Najafi also made clear in his address that even in accordance with Mr. Amano’s report this year, there is a growing tendency in many countries around the globe for construction of more nuclear reactors today, including , but not exclusively, Iran.
‘As it was reported by the Director General, there is a growing tendency towards the use of nuclear energy and in addition to the current 437 operational nuclear power reactors in 30 countries, 70 reactors are under construction. The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the countries that are planning to build more nuclear power reactors and at the same time, we intend to complete our fuel production program in line with our practical needs as it was originally designed. In the mean time, we continue to maintain full transparency of our nuclear activities in accordance with our safeguards obligations. ‘
He also highlighted the IAEA’s toughest and tightest supervision and inspections throughout its history on Iran’s nuclear program, in which no deviation of the peaceful activities has been traced up to now.
‘In this connection, the new report of the Agency demonstrates once more that all of Iran’s exclusively peaceful nuclear activities are under the IAEA full-scope safeguards and there has been no diversion in them at all. Furthermore, since last November when the Islamic Republic of Iran and EU3+3 agreed on the Joint Plan of Action, the IAEA has continuously confirmed that Iran has honored its voluntary commitments under the Joint Plan of Action and the recent report is another witness to such fact.’
Najafi meanwhile referred to the November 2013 Iran-IAEA Framework for Cooperation and the tremendous amount of work done in that respect.
‘Last November, Iran and IAEA has also issued a joint statement on a Framework for Cooperation, which is the foundation for the work between Iran and the Agency. During the recent visit by the IAEA Director General, the Agency and Iran reconfirmed that Framework for Cooperation would continue to be the basis for the resolution of all past and present issues that have not already been resolved by the IAEA. In the meeting between H. E. President Rouhani and the Director General, Iran stated that the process of resolution of issues could be accelerated. However, the Director General in the meeting acknowledged the fact that due to the complexity of the issues such process will take time. The high officials in Iran also declared that there are sensitive areas related to national security, like the defensive capabilities, which are not subject to any kind of negotiation at any level.’
The Iranian envoy referred to Iran’s rejecting of the probable military dimensions (PMD) of its peaceful nuclear program and the fact that such a notion is not even in the Iran-IAEA Framework for Cooperation.
‘It is worth mentioning that Iran has not recognized the so-called ‘PMD’ and indeed the Framework for Cooperation does not have any reference to such irrelevant notion. There have never been any authenticated documents for PMD claims and as it was underlined by the former Director General in his reports (GOV/2009/55), even the Agency has limited means to validate independently the documentation that forms the basis of it and thus in reality, there is no “system” requiring any kind of “system assessment”.
Najafi has also in his address referred to the Zionist regime’s aborted espionage activity in the general region of Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.
‘As I referred in my recent letter to the IAEA Director General, On 23 August 2014, (INFCIRC/867) an unmanned aerial vehicle (spy drone), built and operated, by the Israeli regime, violated the Iranian airspace in an attempt to conduct spy mission in the zone where Natanz Nuclear Facilities are located. This act of aggression, which once again revealed the true nature of the Israeli regime, is in flagrant violation of the relevant IAEA General Conference Resolutions on inviolability of peaceful nuclear activities and installations, including GC resolutions 533 and 444 which stipulating, inter alia, that ‘any armed attack on and threat against nuclear facilities devoted to peaceful purposes constitutes a violation of the principles of the United Nations Charter, international law and the Statute of the Agency’. The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns this act of aggression while reiterating its position that it reserves right to undertake all legitimate necessary measures to defend its territory and warn against such provocative act which would result in serious consequences for the aggressor. Such a serious threat against safeguarded nuclear facilities where the IAEA inspectors are present and enriched nuclear materials exist should not be overlooked by the Agency. Indeed the ignorance of such an irresponsible Israeli act that endangered the IAEA personnel too would put the impartiality of the Agency under serious question. ‘
He ended his address referring to the futile nature of the IAEA and UNSC anti-Iran, illegal resolutions, as well as the racist Zionist regime’s clandestine underground nuclear weapon program in the hands of a child killer system whose accusations against Iran are but only worth laughing.
‘Few Members referred to IAEA and UNSC resolutions and asked for implementation of the requests therein. If those illegal resolutions had any value to solve the issue, it should have already done. However, the wisdom has prevailed and writers of those resolutions are now at the negotiating table.
On last speaker’s statement before me, I should add the following:
Israel having a clandestine underground nuclear weapon program can never be an advocate of non-proliferation and indeed with a history full of aggression and violations of all international regulations, including international humanitarian law, this regime is in no position to talk about compliance with international obligations. Israeli child-killer regime should be better worried about the international calls for the trial of Israeli authorities over war crimes they recently committed in Gaza rather than being bothered over a few days delay on the implementation of some voluntary measures of one Member State or the level of enrichment.’