Iran to answer new IAEA questions if alleged studies declared " closed": ambassador   2011-06-05 23:12:57 FeedbackPrintRSS

TEHRAN, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said Sunday that Tehran is ready to answer the IAEA's new questions about its nuclear program if the agency declares the alleged studies "closed", the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Soltanieh was quoted by Mehr as saying that Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi had replied to IAEA chief Yukiya Amano's recent letter, rejecting claims that Iran plans to develop nuclear weapons and urging the IAEA to put aside the alleged studies.

"In (Abbasi's) letter, the IAEA director general has been asked to declare the alleged studies closed. And if this matter is declared and Iran's (nuclear) dossier is returned to normal status, Iran is ready to cooperate on any (new) question and accusation," Soltanieh told Mehr.

Iran and the IAEA finalized on August 21, 2007, an agreement titled "Understandings of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA on the Modalities of Resolution of the Outstanding Issues", which listed outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program and set out a timetable to resolve each issue in order.

The unresolved issues included the status of Iran's uranium mine at Gchine, allegations of experiments with plutonium and uranium metal, and the use of Polonium 210.

Specifically regarding the "alleged studies", the modality agreement asserted that while Iran considered the documents to be fabricated, Iran would nevertheless address the allegations "upon receiving all related documents" as a goodwill gesture. The agreement specifically said that aside from the issues identified in the document, there were "no other remaining issues and ambiguities regarding Iran's past nuclear program and activities."

In a 118-page document Iran has responded to the questions raised in the so-called alleged studies and has proved that the claims are unfounded, said Soltanieh.

The Iranian ambassador to IAEA also said the Islamic republic has cleared up all the ambiguities over its nuclear activities under the agreement signed by Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog in 2007, according to Mehr.

In January, six world powers wrapped up crucial nuclear talks with Iran in Istanbul but failed to reach any agreement on Iranian nuclear program.

The West suspects that Iran's uranium enrichment may be meant for producing nuclear weapons, which has been denied by Iranian officials.

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