- Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the UN body's new report attests to the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program.
"The new report of the agency, once again, proves the peaceful nature of the nuclear activity of the Islamic republic," Ali Asqar Soltanieh said in a Friday interview after IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano circulated the agency's new report on Tehran's nuclear program.
"The new report is an international document which endorses the elevated scientific and technological status of our country," Soltanieh added.
The Iranian ambassador reiterated Iran's commitment to the international laws, particularly the IAEA Statute as well as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and emphasized that Tehran will continue its cooperation with the UN nuclear agency.
Soltanieh said the new report incorporates the account of IAEA's latest two visits to Tehran and Iran's "accurate responses" to the "unfounded allegations and claims" mentioned in the agency's November report on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
On February 21, a high-ranking delegation from the IAEA came to the Iranian capital for negotiations about further cooperation on Iran's nuclear program. The visit was preceded by another trip to Iran by a team of IAEA inspectors on January 29.
Amano claimed on Wednesday that both of the IAEA teams had failed to secure an agreement with Iran over the country's atomic activities as the Islamic Republic had rejected a request by the inspectors to visit a key military site.
Regarding the access of the IAEA inspectors to Iran's nuclear facilities, Soltanieh argued, "For any access and inspection, it is necessary that the frameworks and modalities be agreed upon in advance."
The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program, using this as a pretext to impose sanctions against Iran.
Iran has refuted the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful use.
The IAEA has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran has sought to acquire a military nuclear capability.