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13:03 | 2013-05-04


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Iranian Presidential Hopeful Condemns Politicization of Iran's N. Issue

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian presidential hopeful Mohammad Reza Aref lashed out at the world powers for politicizing Iran's nuclear program.

Certain world powers have politicized Iran's nuclear energy program by creating unnecessary sensitivity about its peaceful nature, former Iranian first vice president said.

Iran should take steps to depoliticize its nuclear issue Aref underlined.

Early in April, a senior Iranian lawmaker called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to avoid issuing biased and politically-tainted reports on Iran's peaceful nuclear program, and urged the IAEA to only reflect the realities in this regard.

"Since taking office as the director general of the IAEA Yukio Amano has been executing US orders and has apparently been commissioned to make problems ahead of the meeting (between Iran and the world powers in Kazakhstan) and influence the upcoming talks," Seyed Baqer Hossieni said at the time.

The Iranian legislator underlined that IAEA should avoid taking decisions under the influence of certain countries that oppose the Islamic Republic.

He noted that IAEA's reports on Iran's nuclear energy program mix political and technical issues together which puts IAEA's independence under question.

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.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and western embargos for turning down west's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed west's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA's questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.