Amano acknowledges Iran nuclear program peaceful
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has acknowledged that Iran is using its nuclear program solely for peaceful purposes.
“Iran has a comprehensive agreement with the IAEA and Iran is subject to UN Security Council resolutions which are legally binding. This is the standard,” Amano said at a joint press conference with Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Wednesday.
“In light of this standard, I can say that declared activities and material of Iran are staying in peaceful purposes,” He told reporters in New Delhi.
Amano emphasized that the West’s dispute over Iran’s nuclear program should come to an end “through diplomatic means and dialogue.”
“I will continue the dialogue with Iran and hope that we can report positive results through our next meeting in June,” he said, referring to the next meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors.
In another development, Iran plans to submit a written promise to the UN that it will not pursue nuclear weapons.
“Iran plans to declare in the U.N. that it will never go after nuclear bombs.” Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said.
Rahimi did not say when the promise would be delivered.
He charged that the Western sanctions aim to thwart Iran’s “scientific progress.” Several rounds of sanctions aimed at the nuclear program have impacted on Iran’s economy.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of seeking non-civilian objectives in its nuclear program while Iran has repeatedly denied West suspicions that it is pursuing weapons construction under cover of its nuclear program.
In 2005, Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a religious edict “banning production, storage and use of nuclear weapons.”
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.