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News number: 8903221561

17:49 | 2010-06-12

Nuclear

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Parliament to Review Iran's Cooperation with IAEA

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian legislator announced on Saturday that the country's parliament plans to discuss a bill tomorrow on lowering the level of Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).



"A double-urgent bill for downgrading the level of (Iran's) cooperation with the IAEA will be put on the parliament's agenda tomorrow," Alireza Fouladgar said in an interview with FNA.

He added that the Iranian people and parliament are united in supporting the country's right to access peaceful nuclear energy.

Fouladgar blasted the recently approved UN Security Council resolution against Tehran's nuclear program, and added, "The US-led western states do not want to endorse Iran's peaceful nuclear activities."

"This is a wrong path taken by the US-led western states against the Islamic Republic of Iran," he added.

The legislator reminded IAEA's several reports about non-diversion of Iran's declared nuclear materials, and said all "Iran's nuclear activities are conducted under the supervision of the agency", meaning that Iran is pursuing a civilian and peaceful path towards the acquisition of the nuclear technology.

"But the western states are pursuing their own hegemonic policies towards the Islamic Republic of Iran," he continued.

Fouladgar also underlined inefficiency of the imposed sanctions, and stressed that such pressure would not foil Iran's quest for the acquisition of the nuclear technology.

"Iran continues the path of its nuclear activities," he reiterated.

The comments by the Iranian lawmaker came days after the UN Security Council approved new round of sanctions against Tehran for the country's nuclear program.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.