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Iran mocks IAEA report

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ImageIran Focus: Tehran, Mar. 03 – Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh on Wednesday criticised the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's report on Iran’s nuclear file for opening doors which had already been closed by Iran, state media reported. Iran Focus

ImageTehran, Mar. 03 – Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh on Wednesday criticised the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's report on Iran’s nuclear file for opening doors which had already been closed by Iran, state media reported.
 
"The report has reopened already closed issues, mixed the legally binding and the voluntary measures, mixing the obligations under the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Comprehensive Safeguards with voluntary measure recommended by the Additional Protocol and even beyond," Soltanieh told the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna, according to the state television.
 
"The report has highlighted the allegations of those few Western countries I referred to in my general remark, opening a dangerous trend of involving [the] agency in activities beyond the framework of the [IAEA] Statute, namely conventional military activities, interfering the national security of the member states", Soltanieh added.

Earlier Amano told the agency's board: "We cannot confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities because Iran has not provided the agency with the necessary cooperation".

Iran has long been accused of running a clandestine nuclear weapons program and earlier on Wednesday top US officials were sent to Beijing to increase pressure on China to support fresh UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear defiance.

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