Comprehensive Cooperation with IAEA

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A senior Iranian nuclear official says Tehran's comprehensive cooperation with the IAEA is the reason for ElBaradei's 'positive' report.

Iran has cooperated beyond its legal obligation," Iran's permanent envoy to the IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh said.

In a bid to show most transparency in its nuclear activities, the Islamic Republic chose to fully cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog, he said.

"The Director General has reported that this case [P1 and P2 centrifuges] and also the plutonium issue are closed," he emphasized.

Soltaniyeh added that IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei's report also proves that political pressure on Iran's nuclear dossier by the West has had no 'legal or technical justifications'.

He concluded by urging the international community to respect the IAEA and its report on Iran, as the UN nuclear watchdog should be the only organization which can legally assess nuclear activities of the countries.