Iran slams IAEA resolution
The U.N. atomic agency praised Iran Saturday for increased nuclear openness but criticized it for continuing to hide some suspect activities.
The resolution, cited by The Associated Press, "recognizes," that the IAEA considers Iran to be cooperating with its probe; "welcomes" that Iran has signed an agreement opening its activities to pervasive inspection. But it "deplores" recent discoveries of uranium enrichment equipment by the inspectors and other suspicious activities not voluntarily revealed by Iran.
On his part, Iranian representative to the meeting of board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Amir Hossien Zamaninia said on Saturday the resolution on Iran was being imposed by a single country through few associates.
He said in his statement to the IAEA that the report of director general Mohamed Elbaradei illustrates the positive trend of active cooperation by Iran and also of a process of resolving issues that is gaining pace exponentially.
"In more than eleven different paragraphs, the agency underlines that it is either analyzing information provided by Iran or is waiting for the results of swipe sampling.
Issues are either resolved or are on the verge of being resolved," he said, according to IRNA. "Even an elementary review of the resolution reveals that it is nothing but a tool to serve a narrow minded, increasingly isolated conviction, by no means shared by the report," Zamaninia said.
"The draft resolution, on the other hand, intends to clearly portray a rather benign progressive situation as a condition of high alert. Despite its limited modifications, owing to the principled position of many countries, it is still a set back, a serious set back," Zamaninia deplored.
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