Iran’s N. Chief Criticizes IAEA for Lack of Assistance
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami blasted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for lack of assistance to Tehran in developing its peaceful nuclear program in compliance with the duties enshrined in the statute of the UN nuclear agency.
“The IAEA Statute emphasizes that assisting, empowering, enabling and facilitating the peaceful use of the nuclear industry in all countries is the IAEA’s responsibility, but that is quite the opposite for our country, and the IAEA does not help us,” Eslami said in a meeting with Isfahan's provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyed Yousef Tabatabayeenejad on Monday.
He also referred to Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, and said the agreement’s nuclear segment includes undertakings that are only aimed at confidence-building.
Former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had also earlier lashed out at the IAEA for refraining from assistance to Tehran in developing its peaceful nuclear program, and further said his nation has developed capabilities to stand on its own feet in this field.
“What assistance has the Agency extended to us? Monitoring is (only) one of the IAEA duties. You (the Agency) should help us in peaceful acts. You owe us, and we do not owe you. The big industrialized countries owe us and have to pay their debt to us. Today, we are standing on our own feet in managing the Bushehr (nuclear) reactor. God willing, we will continue to stand on our own feet in the construction of power plants,” Rouhani said, addressing a ceremony to unveil 133 new nuclear achievements on the occasion of the National Nuclear Technology Day in April.
"All our nuclear activities are peaceful and for civilian purposes, and as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Khamenei) has repeatedly emphasized, from the point of view of our Islamic ethics and jurisprudence, basically pursuing a destructive weapon that can be a great danger to a big society is forbidden and (if they see this, they will) understand that Iran is never after it (nuclear weapons),” he added.