Iran’s Ambassador to IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh on Saturday warned the United Nations Security Council against any measure on Iran’s nuclear program, given that it will further aggravate the situation.
He made the remark at Austria’s International Policy Institute, while delivering a speech titled `Transparency of Iran’s nuclear issue’. The session was attended by 120 Austrian researchers, intellectuals, university instructors and diplomats.
“Such a measure will convey to the world the negative message on discriminatory approach to an NPT member state. This is while, despite its recent official declaration on possession of nuclear weapons, the Zionist regime is not questioned. The situation facing us is shameful,” he added.
Turning to Iran’s constant readiness for holding unconditional talks to clarify the ambiguities on its nuclear activities, he said, “We are prepared to discuss the few remaining points only if the nuclear dossier returns completely to IAEA.”
Underlining that some issues are not within the framework of NPT, the Iranian ambassador referred to Iran’s extensive cooperation with the agency, saying that such unprecedented cooperation leaves no question to be raised by the world public opinion on Iran’s transparency and good will on peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Soltaniyeh pointed to the documents of IAEA and UN, attempts to deprive Iran of access to nuclear fuel for its reactor in Tehran used for production of isotope as well as similar cases and said that these are examples of discriminatory approach towards Iran and lack of legal guarantee on supply of nuclear fuel.
The official added that Iran has no option rather than becoming self-sufficient in production of its required fuel.
He referred to the country’s half-a-century experience in the nuclear sector and said that Iran has made great achievements in the course of US sanctions against it.
“Given that Iran has always been safeguarding such achievements, it is impossible to suspend its nuclear activities, in particular the fuel cycle and uranium enrichment,” he added.
Meanwhile, he expounded on Iran’s nuclear programs, activities and policies since the pre-revolutionary era up to the present day as well as the trend of political and diplomatic changes, particularly those of the recent years.
Soltaniyeh also dismissed the incorrect claim on Iran’s clandestine nuclear activities over the past 20 years by presenting documents.
The Iranian diplomat referred to the UNSC Resolution 1696 and the Board of Governors’ resolutions on Iran and referred to the legal and technical mistakes included in them.
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