No need for IAEA Additional Protocol: Iran

The chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said Monday he saw no need to implement the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Additional Protocol.

No need for IAEA Additional Protocol: Iran
"We currently see no need to implement the Additional Protocol as existing regulations are enough to have a transparent cooperation with the IAEA," IRNA news agency quoted Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh as saying.

"As a country with nuclear technology and due to the volume of our nuclear projects, we cooperate with the IAEA within the NPT framework and are also ready to clarify ambiguities, if any," said Aqazadeh, who is also vice-president.

"They (IAEA) make their inspections and we will do our technical work in line with our rights. As far our rights are concerned, there will be no concessions to any country," he added, reiterating the uncompromising stance of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government.

Aqazadeh also said that Iran would not accept any Western incentives to encourage Iran to suspend its nuclear work - but wanted to be internationally acknowledged as a country committed to is international responsibilities and "capable to use its own potentials for settling issues." He did not further elaborate.

A visiting delegation from the United Nations nuclear watchdog and Iranian nuclear officials ended their one-day talks in Tehran on Monday, but the outcome has not yet been made public, ISNA news agency reported.

The IAEA delegation, headed by Olli Heinonen, resumed talks with the Iranians on Monday.

Agencies
Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2008, 12:25
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