Iran accuses IAEA’s report of bias
The IAEA’s report was “a repetition of previous baseless issues with political purposes,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesperson Bahruz Kamalvandi says.
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesperson Bahruz Kamalvandi stated Thursday that “Iran’s peaceful nuclear program has been the most transparent so far.”
Kamalvandi's remarks came in response to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear program.
The IAEA’s report was “a repetition of previous baseless issues with political purposes,” he added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he affirmed that Iran will accept verification of its nuclear activities beyond the Safeguards Agreement only if the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal fulfill their contractual obligations and lift imposed sanctions on Tehran.
Kamalvandi bashed certain international media outlets which intentionally misreported the director general's reports in an overly detailed and ambiguous manner, thereby casting doubt on the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.
In its latest report, the UN's nuclear watchdog claimed Wednesday it could not guarantee the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, saying there had been "no progress" in resolving questions over the past presence of nuclear material at alleged "undeclared sites".
In a report seen by AFP, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it was "not in a position to provide assurance that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful."
In a separate report also issued on Wednesday, the IAEA said that Iran was continuing to enrich uranium well over the limits laid down in the 2015 deal, with its stockpile now over 19 times the limit set out in the accord.
The report claimed that Iran's stockpile as of August 21 stood at an estimated 3,940 kilograms, up 131.6 kilograms from the last quarterly report, "over 19 times the limit set out in the accord."
It is noteworthy that in late August, Iran's top diplomat Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian demanded that the IAEA drop the issue of what the Western parties claim to be "undeclared sites", as momentum builds to revive a 2015 nuclear deal.
"We are very serious about safeguard issues and do not want to allow some of the IAEA's baseless accusations to remain," IRNA quoted Amir-Abdollahian as saying.