Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Only Cooperate with the IAEA Within the Legal Framework

September 26, 2008

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday, "I officially declare, we want to take advantage of our entire rights at IAEA, we have so far cooperated with the agency beyond legal commitments, but will henceforth cooperate within the framework of laws."

Speaking with the PBS, US television network, the Iranian president referred to the broad scale cooperation Iran has had with the IAEA so far, adding, "Compared with the entire other members of the agency, we have cooperated to the greatest possible extent. This has in more than 12 official documents of the IAEA been emphasized that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful."

Pointing out that the agency has on the contrary so far not issued a single document on peaceful nature of the US nuclear activities, he asked, "Why should the United States, as a member of the IAEA, enjoy such an immunity and no inspections would be conducted over its activities?"

President Ahmadinejad stressed, "I hereby officially demand the United States to halt its entire nuclear activities and ask the IAEA to issue a detailed report on US nuclear program as soon as possible." He asked, "Is the International Atomic Energy Agency a body within the US administration? (If it is not so) both Iran and the United States are members of the agency, and entire members need to abide by the laws equally."

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran said that Iran is seriously concerned about the US nuclear activities, adding, "The United States has thousands of nuclear warheads and if the political pressure over the agency would once be removed, the agency should be able to perform its duties properly, including issuing a detailed report on process of US nuclear disarmament."

Considering the disarmament of the nuclear powers to be the major task of the IAEA, he stressed, "On the contrary of the objectives mentioned in agency's letter of association, and under the pressure imposed by a member like the United States, the agency has got entangled in surveying the endless claims made by Americans, and that is truly a unilateral approach."

Ahmadinejad emphasized, "The United States should tell the IAEA to what extent it has respected the NPT and other nuclear regulations, to make clear whether it has stopped manufacturing new generations of atomic bombs, and whether it has destroyed its former generations of nuclear bombs, as it was asked to, or not."

The Iranian president said that the agency is incapable of heeding its major duties, arguing, "The IAEA cannot do so due to the pressure imposed against it, but I can perform my duty and ask the United States administration what for it is keeping its ten thousand nuclear warheads? Is it for safeguarding peace and solving the economic problems of the world, or does it intend to wage nuclear wars, and all in all, who has permitted America to keep so many nuclear bombs?" He added, "This is an unacceptable double standard that needs to be changed."


On holding talks with the US officials, Ahmadinejad said, "We are always ready for holding talks, but that should be under just circumstances and based on mutual respect."
The Iranian president considered one of the major problems in today's world to be concealing the news on relations, reiterating, "We believe the decision makings need to be transparent and the people should be well informed of the developments, in which case the decisions would be both more mature and more precise."

He added, "We initially need to accept that the world problems need to be solved relying on holding dialogues and based on observing justice, since if such factors are observed the path would be paved for holding serious talks aimed at proper problem solving." Ahmadinejad said that finding the roots of the current problems of the world and planning for solving them is the most important thing to do, adding, "If the roots of the problems would be sought properly, achieving solutions would be possible and we can also reach shared conclusions."