Iran dismisses IAEA report and vows to continue enriching uranium
Iran vowed to continue enriching uranium as US President Barack Obama warned of "consequences" Tuesday if the Islamic Republic refused to cooperate on its atomic plans. According to AFP, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) raised suspicions on Monday that Tehran could be hiding more atomic facilities.
Iran's envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, dismissed the IAEA reports as "repetitive and tedious" and said Iran would continue uranium enrichment. "Iran will continue to exercise its right to peaceful use of nuclear energy, including enrichment," he said following to the IAEA report. "The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei proved that political hype and propaganda about Fordo plant were baseless," Mehr News Agency quoted Soltanieh as saying on Tuesday. "The report confirmed that no centrifuges had been introduced into the facility and that no nuclear material had been used in it," he added.
In the wake of the latest IAEA report, US President Obama warned in Beijing on Tuesday of "consequences" if Iran failed to be more transparent on its atomic programme. "Iran has an opportunity to present and demonstrate its peaceful intentions but if it fails to take this opportunity, there will be consequences," Obama said after talks with Chinese leader Hu Jintao.
"On this point our two nations and (other global powers) are unified," said Obama.