Iran says IAEA report shows nuclear programme peaceful

Iran said the U.N. atomic watchdog had confirmed its nuclear programme was peaceful and vowed to resist political pressure to change it.

Iran says IAEA report shows nuclear programme peaceful

Iran said on Saturday the U.N. atomic watchdog had confirmed its nuclear programme was peaceful and vowed to resist political pressure to change it, a news agency reported.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Friday said Iran had slowed its expansion of uranium enrichment and met some demands for transparency.

The IAEA report will form the basis for talks on Sept. 2 of 5+1 states on Iran over its enrichment of uranium.

"The report emphasised ... that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful," Iran's envoy to IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh told the semi-official Fars news agency.

"It shows Iran has continued its cooperation with the agency ... but at the same time will not accept any political pressure to take measures beyond its legal commitments," he said.

Tehran says its nuclear work is a peaceful means to generate electricity but Israel and the West claims Iran wants to produce atomic bombs.

IAEA added that allegations Tehran had researched how to build atom bombs looked credible.

U.S. President Barack Obama has set a September deadline for Iran to agree to international talks about its uranium enrichment activities.

In its report, IAEA urged Iran to "re-engage with the agency to clarify and bring to a closure questions related to the alleged studies (of military dimensions)".

The IAEA said Iran was enriching uranium with about 300 fewer centrifuges than the almost 5,000 operating at the time of the last IAEA report, the first such scaleback in around three years. The report did not venture possible reasons.

Enriched uranium can be used both for fuelling power plants and, if desired, for making bombs.

Reuters
Last Mod: 29 Ağustos 2009, 15:45
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