Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Iran claims IAEA report is politically motivated...

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c_150_100_16777215_0___images_stories_nov01_14_01_amin99.jpgThe content of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s most recent report on Iran’s nuclear program and the developments which took place before and after the official release of the report clearly indicate that the report is politically motivated.

Regrettably, before the report was issued, some parts of it were leaked in speeches made by officials and political figures in the United States and Israel.

The information used to prepare the IAEA’s reports and communiqués is supposed to remain confidential even after the reports and communiqués are officially issued. However, the recent report on Iran clearly proved that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano lacks the honesty necessary to deal with sensitive issues such as the Iranian nuclear program.

In other words, the IAEA has lost its legitimacy as an impartial international organization because it can no longer resist the pressure applied by a few powerful governments, most notably the United States.

The recent IAEA report on Iran lacks legal legitimacy and is only based on hypotheses.

The report states that there is no clear diversion toward weapons production in Iran’s nuclear program, but it is full of misrepresentations, falsifications, and hypotheses that seriously undermine the IAEA’s credibility as an international organization.

Iran believes that the IAEA must maintain a stance of neutrality in order to foster a spirit of cooperation. As long as the organization maintains an impartial stance, Tehran will be inclined to provide the requested information about its nuclear program. However, if the IAEA violates the principle of confidentiality and leaks Iran’s classified information to Western countries, the Iranian government will feel no obligation to continue on the path of cooperation.

The recent report is expected to be discussed at the IAEA Board of Governors meeting on November 17.

Some members of the board are aware that the report is politically motivated. In the few days remaining until the next IAEA Board meeting in Vienna, Iranian diplomats are expected to step up contacts with these countries in order to create a pro-Iran bloc on the board. Through this policy, Iran will be able to prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear program and show the world how biased Amano is.
MP Elham Aminzadeh is a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis.

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