Amano: IAEA after Constructive Cooperation with Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano said the IAEA is ready to work with the government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to resolve Tehran’s nuclear issue.
“IAEA remains committed to working constructively with Iran, under the country's new government, to resolve outstanding issues by diplomatic means,” Amano said on Monday during his address to the IAEA Board of Governors.
But he called on Iranian authorities, to allay concerns about the nature of the country’s nuclear energy program.
On August 6, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani elaborated on his approach to the nuclear program, and reaffirmed Tehran’s determination to pursue a “win-win” solution to the issue.
“We are prepared to enter serious and meaningful negotiations with determination and without wasting time, and if our opposing party is equally ready, I am confident that the concerns of both sides will be allayed through dialogue,” the Iranian chief executive pointed out.
The United States and the European Union have imposed illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran over the false claim that Iran's nuclear energy program might include a military component.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that numerous inspections of its nuclear sites by the IAEA have invariably failed to find any diversion towards military purposes.
Iran, a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, considers nuclear enrichment an inalienable right, and has on numerous ocassions reiterated that it wants nuclear energy for purely peaceful purposes, and that it is on religious, ethical and practical grounds opposed to nuclear weapons.
Iran and the IAEA are scheduled to hold a new round of talks in Vienna in late September.