Soltaniyeh: IAEA Still Responsible to Probe into Iran Case

April 3, 2006

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Iran's nuclear dossier has not been referred to the UN Security Council and the International Atomic Energy (IAEA) is still responsible to probe into the case, Iranian Ambassador to IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh said on Monday.

He told IRNA that IAEA will go ahead with its examination of Iranian nuclear program and IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei will present his report to the Board of Governors on nuclear program of Iran next month.

"Just a copy of ElBaradei's report to the Board of Governors will be sent to the Security Council," he added.

He said Iran's nuclear program differs from that of North Korea, adding, "North Korea pulled out of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and prevented the IAEA inspections."

"Iran will not suspend its cooperation with the IAEA. The agency's inspectors conduct their regular inspections to Iran's nuclear facilities regularly." The official stated, "As ElBaradei has previously announced, Iran made no diversion from peaceful nuclear program.

"Iran's nuclear activities particularly research and development in Natanz are under the IAEA supervision and ElBaradei's report confirmed this fact." Soltaniyeh pointed to a statement from Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and said, "The statement pointed to a resolution adopted by the IAEA Board of Governors last March which called on Iran to suspend its enrichment work and ratify the Additional Protocol.

"Despite the US expectations which intended to pass a resolution against Iran, such an event did not happen following opposition from China and Russia.

"The statement stressed that the IAEA is responsible to probe into Iran's nuclear program since there is no legal base for the Security Council to discuss Iran's case."