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Iran Welcomes Snap Inspection of Nuclear Facilities

Monday, August 27, 2012

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Tehran has no problems with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s snap inspections of its nuclear facilities. 

“Iran's nuclear programs are transparent and the IAEA inspectors can inform us of their decision two hours in advance and then visit our activities,” Fereydoun Abbasi said.

“However, the IAEA inspectors should have adequate rationale to justify their demands for the inspection of certain [nuclear] sites or provide us with sufficient reasons for their allegations so that we would be convinced,” he added. 

Abbasi said Iran would push ahead with its talks with the UN nuclear monitoring body. “Our talks with the IAEA are held based on our country’s rights and within the framework of the IAEA's responsibilities. We do by no means favor an interruption of these talks.”

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran also said the Islamic Republic is prepared to cooperate in the construction of nuclear power plants with countries that possess the international standards required for setting up the structures. 

Fereydoun Abbasi said, “We are prepared to cooperate with the countries that possess the [International Atomic Energy] Agency’s requisite standards for the construction of nuclear power plants.”

Responding to a question on whether Japan was among the countries with which Iran would cooperate in the field, Abbasi said, “Should they want to cooperate with us in this regard, we possess the preparedness to cooperate with them.”

Abbasi noted that Iran was “currently obtaining the required experience to be able to manage the issue of building new power plants.”

The official also said Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant would be fully inaugurated, once having undergone new tests and having its launching stages completed.