Larijani: IAEA Board of Governors Should Avoid Being Influenced by 5+1 Group's Decision

February 1, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here on Wednesday advised the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to express their views professionally and the IAEA board of governors should avoid being influenced by decision made by the 5+1 group.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters, he responded to a question on 'why should Iran continue negotiations with countries which do not abide by international regulations', saying, "If you remember at first these three European countries three years ago wrote to inform us that they wish to help Iran resolve its nuclear issue through mutual negotiations." He noted, "In fact, if the world would give the rights of nations based on justice, the IAEA, as an international body, is duty-bond to support peaceful nuclear activities of every nation and there is no need for bilateral negotiations but in reality, these countries make use of their capabilities to influence the decision made by the IAEA." Recent statements coming from some nuclear powers ordering the IAEA Board of Governors or the UN Security Council what measures they should take, indicate that the legitimacy of the organs affiliated to the IAEA and the UN have come under question and five or six countries order them what to do or what not to do, he said.

These bodies should be able to act independently and professionally study the case, he added.

It is a reality that those possessing nuclear powers wish to take advantage of their powers, he said.

Iran will not yield to such bullies, he said adding that the IAEA's Head Mohamed ELBaradei had said 'let us conduct our own research till March prior to taking any decision' but why they have ignored his comments which proves that they are exerting political pressure on the IAEA.

"Would you describe referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council as an illogical measure?," asked a reporter. Larijani said, "I believe that if Iran's dossier is referred to UN Security Council, it would be an improper and unsatisfactory measure which means a country would be punished for conducting research.

The move (referral of Iran's dossier to UN Security Council) would bear a bad message, he said adding, "I think open-minded people in the world would criticize the move that a country be referred to the UN Security Council only for conducting research." Some US officials use the catchword 'nuclear bombs' while referring to Iran's nuclear activities and they consider Iran's nuclear research identical with nuclear bomb, he said.

"I do not know why President Bush tells such a big lie and it is not advisable for world leaders to tell such blatant lies," he said.

"The problem is that some of European countries believe that Iran should be deprived of nuclear science, they never announce it in public but tell us in private meetings," he said adding, "I would ask them to declare publicly what they say in private meetings.

"They should declare that we are to categorize the nations in two groups, one should possess nuclear technology while the other should be deprived of it.

"They themselves know that Iran is not after nuclear weapons but only want the country to be deprived of such technology," he said.

On recent remarks by French president on nuclear issues, he said "We are quite opposed to such language which seeks application of nuclear technology in international issues."