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Iran rejects the inspections again

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 26, 2010

Nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi has said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cannot make any demand from Iran that goes beyond the IAEA safeguards agreement including an inspection of Iran’s heavy water nuclear facility.

“Cooperation with the agency has been defined. The agency cannot make any demand beyond the safeguards agreement… (but) we are ready to cooperate if they make demands within the framework of the agency’s safeguards agreement” Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (IAEO), told the Mehr News Agency on Thursday in response to a demand by the agency to inspect Iran’s heavy water nuclear plant.

According to the Associated Press, IAEA director Yukiya Amano in his newly released report called on Tehran to implement the additional protocol to allow for more comprehensive inspections of the nation’s nuclear program including the heavy water facilities. Iran stopped voluntary implementation of the protocol in 2007.

Salehi said the inspection of Iran’s heavy water nuclear facility is not part of the agreement, explaining that the heavy water is covered under an additional protocol to the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the implementation of the additional protocol is not compulsory.

Recently Iran has accused the two inspectors of giving “false information” about its nuclear program. But Amano told a meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation governing board that he had full confidence in their “professionalism and impartiality.”

Apart from the two inspectors barred in June, Iran also refused access to a senior inspector in 2006 and has objected to a number of other appointments in the past.

“… Iran’s repeated objection to the designation of inspectors with experience in Iran’s nuclear fuel cycle and facilities hampers the inspection process,” Amano said, according to a copy of his speech provided to reporters outside the closed-door meeting.

He urged Iran to reconsider a decision in January 2007 to reject 38 agency inspectors.

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  1. Mariela Bettley said, on December 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

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