Iran-IAEA cooperation

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A senior Iranian official says nations opposed to Tehran's peaceful nuclear program seek to impair the ongoing Iran-IAEA cooperation.

"These countries realize Iran's cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog will resolve all the ambiguities attributed to its nuclear program," said Iran's deputy secretary of the SNSC, Javad Vaeedi.

"Therefore, they seek to impair the ongoing cooperation between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Vaeedi continued.

He added, however, that the continuation of Iran's cooperation with the Agency depends on whether the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 'reacts rationally and legally' to ElBaradei's report on Tehran's nuclear program.

Vaeedi said the IAEA chief's report, which confirmed Iran's nuclear program as peaceful, has raised the question of whether the country's nuclear dossier should even be handled by the UNSC.