Iran 'will co-operate with IAEA'
24-Aug-2009 (2 comments)

Iran will continue to co-operate with the United Nations nuclear agency, a foreign ministry spokesman has said.

Hassan Qashqavi appeared to confirm reports last week that UN inspectors were allowed access to Iran's nearly complete nuclear reactor at Arak.

But Mr Qashqavi urged the West to seek "interaction" not sanctions in its dealings with Tehran, state TV reports.

Western nations fear Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, but Tehran insists its nuclear work is for civilian purposes.

Western diplomats said on Friday that Iran had allowed inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into its nuclear facility at Arak after a year without access.

They also said Iran had agreed on ways to improve monitoring at the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant.

The IAEA has not commented on the reports. The head of the IAEA, Mohammed ElBaradei, is due to publish his latest findings on Iran in the coming days.

"All our nuclear activities have been within the framework of the agency and the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty)... ElBaradei has always confirmed Iran's co-operation with the agency," Mr Qashqavi told reporters.

"This trend will be continued in the future. What has been mentioned recently was in the same framework," he added, in an apparent reference to the visit to Arak, some 190km (120 miles) south-west of Tehran.

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Majid Zahrai

Can a lying government be trusted?

by Majid Zahrai on

I have to confess that since June's rigged elections and watching IRI's behavior of murder, torture, and lies against its own people, its own youth, I no longer believe a word of what they say about anything, anything at all.  This is such a sad predicament because I do not believe in any government's complete truthfullness, such is the nature of politics.  But in the case of IRI, I now believe everything they ever say is a lie. Can't help it, at least not right now.



Which goverment are you refering to? Iran or US?

by Bavafa on