Iran: IAEA report influenced by US, West

Updated: 2011-11-10 10:27


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TEHRAN - Iranian officials said Wednesday that the latest report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear program was under the influence of the United States and certain western countries.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Wednesday that there were political pressures from certain western countries behind the IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program.

Mehmanparast said the latest IAEA report on Iran differs significantly from previous ones, as it evidently reveals the political goals and pressures of certain countries trying to wage a psychological war on Iran for its nuclear activities, the local satellite Press TV reported.

The new report of IAEA is in line with US allegations that Iran is after nuclear weapons, the spokesman said, noting that the main goal of anti-Iran acts is to divert world public attention from recent developments in the Middle East and of Israel's actions.

Also, American officials are using anti-Iran scenarios to divert world public attention from US internal woes and anti-corporatism protests over the growing inequality across the country, he was quoted as saying.

The spokesman said the latest IAEA report on Iran's nuclear case shows the scope of political cooperation involved, adding that the report greatly damaged the nuclear agency's reputation and downgraded it to a tool at the hands of certain Western states.

In an interview with the state-run Al-Alam TV station, Mehmanparast said that the IAEA, instead of following its legal obligations over Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has been drawn into a political game.

"Certain countries, especially the United States, are trying to use IAEA as a tool for their illegitimate objectives," he was quoted as saying.

As expected, "unfortunately, after the coordination between the IAEA Director General (Yukiya Amano) and American officials, the report was released which is totally unreal," he said.

"Our nuclear program and peaceful nuclear activities are being continued under NPT and we have not stopped our cooperation with IAEA," he said, adding that "we have cooperated (with IAEA) completely and we have proved our goodwill for times".

Also on Wednesday, Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani said that Amano released the one-sided report on Iranian nuclear program under the influence of the United States and European governments, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"We have on several occasions declared that we need no nuclear weapon to influence others," Amoli-Larijani told a meeting of high-ranking officials of the Judiciary.

Iranian Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani also said that the IAEA report has been "fabricated" and has been prepared under the influence of certain powers.

He told reporters in Iran's central city of Semnan that the report of IAEA is "unconventional" and was influenced by the Zionists' lobby.

Meanwhile, Iran's permanent representative to the IAEA Ali- Asghar Soltanieh said that Iran is likely to reconsider means of its cooperation with the IAEA.

Talking to an Iranian state TV's live broadcast, Soltanieh said due to the "historical mistake" that the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano had made over his report on Iran's nuclear program, the Islamic Republic is likely to reconsider the means of cooperation with the IAEA.

Asked about some Iranian lawmakers' views that Iran may walk out of the NPT, Soltanieh said that Iranian lawmakers may have their own independent views.

However, the ways of cooperation with the IAEA in the future depends on the decision of the Islamic Republic's high-ranking officials, he said.

In another interview with the state radio, Soltanieh referred to the IAEA's released documents on Iran's nuclear program as "fabricated documents" and the charges against the Islamic Republic as "unfounded".

He said what is certain is that Iran will determinedly continue its nuclear activities.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released Wednesday that the latest report of the IAEA on the Iran nuclear issue is a "politicized compilation of well-known facts", warning that it would undermine international efforts in defusing tensions on the issue.

"The authors (of the report) juggle the facts to create the impression that Iran's nuclear program has a military component," said the ministry, adding that the approach can "hardly be called professional and unbiased", and the report might lead to "a dangerous confrontation".

Also on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed that Moscow opposes stronger sanction against Iran and called for a dialogue to solve the issue.

The Elysee Palace said Wednesday in a statement that France and Britain are determined to "seek new and strong sanctions" against Iran if the latter refuses to cooperate with international community over its nuclear program.

The two European countries held a high-level meeting on defense and security cooperation in London, and exchanged "deep concern about the military dimension of Iran's nuclear program" following the report released by the IAEA.

The IAEA said Tuesday in its latest report on Iran's nuclear program that "credible" evidence showed that Iran has engaged in projects and experiments relevant to the development of nuclear weapons.

Teheran completely rejected the report and insisted that Iran had no nuclear weapon programs, criticizing that the IAEA report was "imbalanced, unprofessional and politically-motivated".