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Rouhani says Iran's missile program "non-negotiable"

English.news.cn   2014-08-17 23:37:55

TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran's missile program won't be on the discussion table in its nuclear talks with the powers, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday, stressing its military program is "non-negotiable."

Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with Yukiya Amano, the visiting director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to the official IRNA news agency.

"Iran is serious in its nuclear talks with the world powers as well as with the IAEA, and it does not want anything beyond its right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes," the Iranian president said.

He said that if there is a serious goodwill on both sides for resolving the remaining issues around Iran's nuclear program, Iran and the IAEA can conclude their talks in less than one year.

In its effort to be transparent about its nuclear program, Iran has allowed the IAEA to observe its "peaceful" nuclear activities, Rouhani said, adding that "Iran will only agree with the legal observations of the United Nations nuclear watchdog within the framework of the (Nuclear Proliferation Treaty) directive."

IRNA reported Amano welcomed the move as a sign of progress.

Over the past year, Iran and the IAEA cooperation has been a way forward, Amano said, expressing hope that all the remaining ambiguities over Iran's nuclear program could be solved soon based on the cooperation agreement, which had been signed earlier.

Iran and the IAEA signed a joint statement in November 2013, outlining a roadmap on cooperation on certain outstanding nuclear issues.

Amano arrived in Iran on Saturday night to enhance collaboration between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog.

The IAEA chief's visit came ahead of Iran's Aug. 25 deadline for providing the agency with updated information on its nuclear program.

Iran has agreed to provide the IAEA with relevant information and managed access to the Saghand uranium mine in the city of Yazd as well as to the Ardakan concentration plant, according to Press TV.

Iran will also provide updated details and arrange for a technical visit to Lashkar Abad Laser Center.

The country will further submit an updated "Design Information Questionnaire" (DIQ) for the IR-40 Arak heavy water reactor and come to an agreement with the IAEA on a safeguards approach for the IR-40 Reactor.

On July 20, a report by the IAEA said that Iran has complied with its obligations under the interim Geneva nuclear deal.

The UN watchdog said that Iran has diluted part of its 20- percent enriched uranium stockpile to five-percent purity, while the rest is being converted into uranium oxide as agreed under a so-called Joint Plan of Action reached in Geneva last November. The report added that Iran has also stopped enriching uranium beyond the five-percent level.

Editor: yan
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