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20 January 2012 - 20:56

A senior Iranian lawmaker has censured the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s 'political' approach to Iran's nuclear program.

Spokesman for Iran's Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Kazem Jalali, said Friday that IAEA reports needed to be based on information obtained during inspections, but the reports were self-contradictory due to the agency's political approach to Iran's nuclear program.

The reports are self-contradictory as there is a discrepancy between information obtained by IAEA inspectors from their inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities and reports presented by IAEA director general, he added.

Jalali pointed out that the contradictions in the reports discredited the IAEA.

He also referred to the upcoming visit of a team of IAEA inspectors to Iran and hoped that future reports about Iran's nuclear program would be free of contradictions.

A team of IAEA inspectors are set to visit Iran later this month.

Some UN sources told Reuters on January 13 that the main aim of the visit is to discuss concerns over Iran's nuclear program with the country's high-ranking officials.

Although early reports indicate that the high-level IAEA team will be in Tehran on January 28, the exact time has not been finalized and the UN sources said the visit might happen a day later than the above date.

The invitation comes after the IAEA chief rejected a previous offer earlier this year to visit Iran, claiming that Tehran had refused to address the agency's specific concerns.

Iran maintains that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
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