Iran says new IAEA head's report misleading, biased

Iran accused the new head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog of issuing a misleading and unbalanced report on Iran's atomic activities.

Iran says new IAEA head's report misleading, biased

Iran accused the new head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Wednesday of issuing a misleading and unbalanced report on Iran's atomic activities, saying he omitted important information.

"The report is not balanced and factual, since it has not duly reflected the explanations of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the questions (or of) communication with the agency," Iran's IAEA ambassador, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told diplomats and IAEA officials in a closed-door briefing on the report.

The International Atomic Energy Agency report, the first issued since Yukiya Amano became director-general, suggested Iran was actively chasing a nuclear weapons capability rather than that it had done so in the past.

The report used unusually forthright language and took a such hard-hitting line on Iran in the first time.

Amano urged Iran to cooperate with the agency "without further delay" to verify that its uranium enrichment programme was solely for peaceful uses, as Tehran maintains.

Last week, Iran announced a start to higher-level enrichment, saying it was frustrated at the collapse of an IAEA-backed plan for big powers to provide it with fuel rods for nuclear medicine made from uranium refined to 20 percent purity.

Soltanieh denied the report's charges and said the line in the report was "misleading" because Iran had given the IAEA enough notice.

He also said the report's treatment of intelligence on alleged nuclear "weaponisation" studies by Iran lacked balance.

"The fact that the material of the alleged studies lacks authenticity, as declared by the former director general, is missing in this report," he said.

ElBaradei's final report in November assessed the mainly Western intelligence as "compelling" but said it had not been fully authenticated. It also included references to Iran's denunciations of the information as forged and baseless.

Reuters

Last Mod: 24 Şubat 2010, 22:07
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