Bushehr Reactor 311.
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A September 6 International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran was politically influenced and "outside the domain of its duties," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at a press conference on Tuesday, PressTV reported. The statement came one week after the country's nuclear chief said the UN watchdog agency had made a dangerous mistake by criticizing Teheran for not fully cooperating.
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Mehmanparast went on to say that Iran considers "this report to have violated the IAEA domain of activities," and that if the UN agency continues such criticisms, its credibility may be challenged.
On Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the UN nuclear watchdog of flouting international law, according to a PressTV report.
In the IAEA report, it was said that "while the Agency continues to
verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran, Iran has
not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the agency to confirm
that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities." The
report went on to say that Iran needs to provide access to all nuclear
sites, and that the IAEA did not accept Iran's objections to the two
inspectors it rejected.
IAEA head Yukiya Amano said earlier this month that he cannot confirm
that all of Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful, as Teheran claims,
because the country had offered only selective cooperation to the UN
nuclear watchdog and had rejected several inspectors. In blunt remarks,
Amano suggested that the country continues to stonewall the IAEA's
The UN Security Council imposed a fourth set of sanctions on Iran in
June after Teheran refused to halt is nuclear enrichment activities.
Uranium enriched to more than 90 percent can be used for weapons. Iran
says it currently enriches uranium up to 20 percent for medical radio
isotopes and up to 3.5 percent to fuel a nuclear power plant. It says
its program is solely for peaceful purposes.