Iran: IAEA report influenced by US, West
Updated: 2011-11-10 10:27
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.