Nuclear case should return to IAEA Agency

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Secretary of IRI's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili said that bearing in mind that the new IAEA report has settled the issue of P1 and P2 centrifuges, there is no excuse for the Iran case to remain in the United Nations Security Council and it must return to the legal and technical track in the IAEA.

Jalili noted that the fanciful pronouncements of certain countries that Iran has concealed its program and that the P1 and P2 centrifuges were of military nature spiraled into sending the Iranian case into the Security Council, however ElBaradei's Thursday night report removed their excuse.

Jalili pointed to the IRI-IAEA agreement, known as the modality plan and described it as conducive to substantial mutual cooperation between the two. Jalili noted that under the modality, the two sides will take on the issues in row one by one so now that the issue of P1 and P2 has been tackled, they would enter a new phase.

"Under the modality plan, we put the final touches on a strategy regarding the Natanz projects. The issue is addressed in the attachment to the report," Jalili added.

"Now that the recent question over the Iranian nuclear issue have been settled, some big powers must clarify whether they are after transparency or just seek to deprive other nations of the technology," Jalili urged.

Jalili said the Iranian nation had been adopting a logical attitude towards the issue by holding fast to its rights within the legal framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"That the Iranian nation demands assurances is justified by the double standard of such countries as America," Jalili added.

"We were scheduled to work with the IAEA at that time and so could not accept the proposal," Jalili explained.

Jalili noted that Iran and 5+1 could develop good ties and that Iran would consider any newer initiative. "The Iranian nuclear issue has turned into a national consensus," he added.