Dr. Assefi's Response to Claims Regarding Iran's Nuclear Program

July 19, 2003

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Dr Hamidreza Assefi, on Saturday in response to the claims about Iran`s access to enriched uranium, said : This type of forged news is suspicious and vague, since it is up to the International Atomic Energy Agency to make comments on this issue, and not diplomats who have no accurate information about it.

The Natanz facility has not become operational yet; thus the claim of existence of enriched uranium there, is totally meaningless, he added.

He further said : The facility is under the IAEA safeguards and supervision and no clandestine activity is taking place there.

The claim that the samples taken show levels of enrichment, is very questionable and we expect this issue to be clarified in our dialogue with the International Atomic Energy Agency, he went on to say.