Iran will not suspend nuclear works
Iran will continue to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog but will not suspend its nuclear development plan, Tehran's ambassador to the IAEA said. "We fully cooperate with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency in accordance with comprehensive safeguard, which is the NPT safeguard. But we will not go beyond our legal obligations," Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh told Iran's Press TV, after the IAEA released its latest report on Iran's nuclear work on Thursday.
Soltaniyeh promised Tehran's cooperation with the IAEA but added that his country will not suspend its uranium activities. According to him, the US and its Western allies should change their 'boring and frustrating trend' on Tehran's nuclear work, saying they have found 'no evidence' of Iran's pursuit of forbidden weapons.
He also called on the IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei to use his 'maximum authority and his prerogative' to prevent certain countries from imposing obligations beyond legal ones on Iran.
Mohamed ElBaradei, the IAEA chief, released his latest report on Iranian nuclear program on Thursday. In his report, ElBaradei said the IAEA has not found any evidence on Iran's diversion but added there remained "outstanding issues" which give rise to concerns about "possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program."
The report said that Iran "needs to provide substantive information, and access to relevant documentation, locations and individuals, in connection with all of the outstanding issues."