A considerable part of a report by the director of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency at the UN’s General Assembly on Monday was about Iran’s nuclear activities. Iran’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi in response to this report said the Islamic Republics is determined to make use of its indispensable right of having nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. In his annual report to the UN General Assembly and later in talking to reporters, the Director General of the UN nuclear agency, Mohammed Al-Baradei, once again asked Iran to suspend its nuclear activities. He said Iran has not voluntarily stopped its uranium enrichment. Therefore, the board of governors has urged Iran to comply with the international demand. He spoke of serious international concern regarding Iran’s nuclear activities and the need for Iran to regain the confidence of other nations. He urged Iran to suspend uranium enrichment as part of a “comprehensive settlement” to end the present standoff.
According to Mr. Al-Baradei, since February 2003, when the agency started to inspect Iran’s nuclear program, the information given to the agency was “…at times changing, contradictory and slow in coming.” However, he confirmed that some progress has been made during this period and Iran has been cooperative to a certain extent.
Meanwhile, the head of Iran’s negotiating team with Europe, Hussein Mossavian, who is leading his delegation to Paris on Friday, said, to end these differences, Iran is ready to suspend its uranium enrichment from 2 to 6 month, provided its case would be closed permanently in the next IAEA meeting. He added that if IAEA and EU do not alter their demand for permanent suspension of Iran’s uranium enrichment, we would have to witness more confrontations in the next few months.
With regards to the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the European Union, Dr. Al-Baradei said: “I think Iran is ready to suspend...” But he added, “…a total suspension depends on the framework to be agreed upon with Europeans.” He told a reporter of the need “…to strike a balance between the right of Iran to use nuclear technology and the concern of the international community that any nuclear programme is a peaceful one.”
The report of the UN nuclear chief will be submitted to the IAEA’s board of governors within the next 20 days for a decision on Iran’s nuclear activities. Analysts believe if Iran refuses to suspend its uranium enrichment by then, its case will be referred to the UN Security Council.