پنجشنبه ۱۰ فروردین ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۰۰:۲۵
Dr. El Baradei Welcomes Iran’s Suspension of Uranium Enrichment
The chief of UN’s nuclear watchdog, Mohammed El Baradei called Iran’s suspension of uranium enrichment “a step in the right direction.” In an interview with the BBC radio Monday morning he said: “We believe that all the declared nuclear material in Iran is in our custody right now and has not been diverted to nuclear weapon,” But he admitted that: “… there are still a lot of work to do to make sure there are not undeclared activities in the country”. Iran said it froze today its sensitive nuclear activities surrounding the enrichment of uranium in line with its 15th November agreement with the three European countries, Britain, France and Germany.
Iranian government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters in Tehran that the move meets the deadline agreed between Iran and the EU3.
In Vienna, Mr. El Baradei said the IAEA officials were applying seals to Iranian nuclear equipment and he hoped to say definitively by Tuesday that all work had stopped.
The suspension comes just three days ahead of a meeting of the IAEA board of governors, which could refer Iran to UN’s Security Council for possible sanctions.
The British foreign secretary, Jack Straw, warned on Monday that Iran still risks a referral to the Security Council if it fails to comply with its agreement with the EU3.
“If there is a failure by Iran to meet its obligations then Britain and also Germany and France reserve our collective right to refer the matter to the Security Council,” said Jack Straw.
In response to concerns raised in the west regarding Iran’s commitment to suspend its nuclear activities, the chairman of Iran’s national security council and the chief negotiator in nuclear diplomacy, Hassan Rohani called it a propaganda campaign to undermine the agreement between Iran and the EU3. “…This is one of those Western and American’s propaganda tactics. They want to disturb the public opinion and weaken the understanding as well as the agreement between Iran and Europe”, said Hassan Rohani.