Iran Asks IAEA's help to Run Nuclear Research Center

Published May 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran asked Wednesday the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help run a nuclear research center, Iran News Agency IRNA reported Wednesday.  

"Iran is interested in receiving more technical aid from the IAEA," IRNA quoted head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Gholamreza Aghazadeh as saying.  

Aghazadeh invited the Vienna-based IAEA to supervise an educational nuclear facility west of Tehran, which conducts research on nuclear applications in agriculture and medicine, IRNA said.  

A senior Iranian nuclear official was quoted by Reuters Wednesday as saying that Iran's first nuclear power plant, under construction with Russian help in the Gulf port of Bushehr, had been deprived of top-quality supervision because of Western sanctions on "dual-use" technology.  

The United States and Israel are leading a campaign against Iran's pursuit of nuclear technology, fearing it will lead to the manufacture of nuclear arms by a state they see as a threat, added Reuters.  

Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a similar pact against the spread of chemical weapons.  

It said Western sanctions have hampered its drive to supply 10 percent of the country's energy needs from nuclear sources within two decades, added Reuters - (Several Sources) 

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