No need to review atom cooperation: Iran president

Iran's new parliament speaker Ali Larijani, the country's former chief nuclear negotiator, last week said the current levels of cooperation with the IAEA were in jeopardy if major powers continued to kick around Iran's nuclear program.

No need to review atom cooperation: Iran president
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday there was no need to review cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency now, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Ahmadinejad was speaking a day after Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman suggested the Islamic Republic might have to limit its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), criticising a report released by the agency last week.

The Vienna-based U.N. agency said in a May 26 report Tehran's nuclear program was a matter of serious concern and that it should provide more information on its missile-related work.

Iran's new parliament speaker Ali Larijani, the country's former chief nuclear negotiator, last week said the current levels of cooperation with the IAEA were in jeopardy if major powers continued to kick around Iran's nuclear program.

Asked whether Iran planned to review cooperation with the agency, Ahmadinejad was quoted by IRNA as saying: "There is no necessity now to review that."

But, he added, parliament's warning was an appropriate one. The Majles (parliament) is standing firmly on the defence of the nation's right."

Iran in 2006 ended voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty that allowed for short notice IAEA inspections of its nuclear sites.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana is expected to travel to Tehran soon and submit the package.

Reuters

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