Iran sets preconditions for new modality with IAEA: Soltanieh
Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Tehran will agree on a new modality with the UN nuclear body if the latter observes the Islamic Republic’s national security and submits solid documents on alleged studies.
“As we have proved during the past years, we will continue to interact with the agency to prove the baseless nature of claims [against Iran nuclear energy program] but the framework for our work should be undoubtedly determined first,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh said on Monday.
He added that the framework should absolutely observe Iran's security considerations as a criterion.
The Iranian diplomat noted that there have been differences of opinion during talks between Iran and the IAEA and some of them have been already resolved.
“As long as the main considerations pertaining to Iran's national security and our basic demand on presenting alleged documents by the IAEA are not included in the text, the framework will not be agreed upon,” Soltanieh pointed out.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects such allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Tehran has repeatedly called on the IAEA not to be swayed by the US and its allies, warning that the body will undermine its credibility by publishing prejudiced reports about Iran’s nuclear work.