Iranian Parliament Speaker Larijani_311.
(photo credit: Reuters/Caren Firouz )
TEHRAN - Iran's parliament will review relations with the UN nuclear
watchdog over its latest report that said the Islamic state's nuclear
activities appeared to have military dimensions, speaker Ali Larijani
was quoted as saying on Sunday.
The 35-nation governing board of
the International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution on Friday
voicing "increasing concern" about Iran's nuclear program after an IAEA
report saying Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atom bomb.
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says it is enriching uranium only for a planned network of civil
nuclear power stations, not nuclear weapons, and has rejected IAEA
director Yukiya Amano's report as politicized.
national security and foreign policy committee has been appointed to
review the manner of (Iran's) cooperation with the agency and relations
with it," Larijani said, according to the student news agency ISNA.
Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has played down talk of Iran withdrawing from
the IAEA or the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that has become
louder since the report, saying Tehran's response would be "one of
patience and vigilance."
"Westerners like to push us towards a
hasty reaction and they like to hear that Iran says it would withdraw
from the NPT," Salehi said on Wednesday.
But Larijani said lawmakers would consider whether Iran should offer less cooperation to the IAEA.
" If the agency acts within the framework of the charter we will carry
out our responsibilities, but if the agency wants to deviate from its
responsibilities then it should not expect the cooperation of others,"
Iran permits limited, regular IAEA inspections of its declared nuclear
installations but does not observe the agency's Additional Protocol
allowing for short-notice checks of sites not declared to be nuclear,
including research and development facilities.