Iran expects positive IAEA nuclear report

Iran expects a positive report on Friday from the U.N. nuclear watchdog showing its peaceful aims because of Tehran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, a senior Iranian official said.

Iran expects positive IAEA nuclear report
The Vienna-based IAEA was due later on Friday to release its latest report on efforts since 2003 to resolve suspicions about Iran's nuclear programme.

Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to master technology so it can build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

"We have cooperated with the agency. Definitely we are expecting a positive report. It will prove to the world that we were right (about Iran's peaceful activities)," the senior official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

When asked about a bid by Britain and France for a vote next week on a third round of U.N. sanctions, he said: "Regardless of what we do, they continue to pressure Iran and this report will prove that."

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the West against hitting Iran with more sanctions over its nuclear plans and said Tehran would not halt uranium enrichment activities.

U.N. Security Council resolutions have demanded Iran stop the enrichment work, which can be used to make fuel for power plants or, potentially, material for bombs. Iran says its work is peaceful and a national right.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Şubat 2008, 17:12