Iran nuclear energy program peaceful: IAEA chief


Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano says Iran’s nuclear energy facilities are used for peaceful purposes.
In an interview with the Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Sunday, Amano confirmed that a large number of nuclear energy facilities in Iran are under IAEA supervision and are used for peaceful purposes.

The UN nuclear chief noted that many high-level IAEA missions have visited Iran’s nuclear energy facilities so far and the agency’s reports do not say that Iran has nuclear weapons.

The IAEA will hold a new round of talks with Iran on the country’s nuclear energy program on December 13, 2012.

The last round of negotiations between Iran and the IAEA was held in the Austrian capital of Vienna on August 24, 2012.

Iran and the IAEA had also held talks in Vienna on May 14 and 15. Before that session, the two sides’ representatives had held two rounds of talks in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in February and January.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled 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 diversion in Tehran’s nuclear energy program toward military purposes.



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