Iran says no questions remain about its nuclear programmeFebruary 24th, 2008 - 7:52 pm ICT by admin
Tehran, Feb 24 (RIA Novosti) Iran has answered all questions of the UN nuclear watchdog about its nuclear activities, government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham has said. “No question remains for the IAEA about Iran’s nuclear programme. Iran has responded to all questions and the agency has issued its final report on the case,” Elham said.
In a statement accompanying a new report on Iran’s nuclear activities, Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Friday that good progress had been made in the past four months in clarifying the outstanding issues.
However, ElBaradei urged Tehran to implement “as actively as possible, as fast as possible” the IAEA’s Additional Protocol, which calls for snap inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.
Elham also said that his country would continue its cooperation with the IAEA in keeping with Non-Proliferation Treaty regulations, noting that Iran’s decisions were based on its national interests and freedom of action.
Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili hailed the IAEA report as yet another proof that Iran’s nuclear research was peaceful.
“This report showed that our activities are peaceful,” Jalili told a news conference in Tehran shortly after the IAEA report was released in Vienna.
The five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany agreed at talks in Berlin on Jan 22 on a draft for a third round of sanctions against Iran calling for travel bans, asset freezes and vigilance on all banks in the Islamic Republic.
The new draft resolution was officially introduced by France and Britain in the UN Security Council Thursday, and council members are expected to vote on the resolution next week.
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