Iran to inform IAEA about new nuke sites
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 18:48
Tehran: In keeping with the parliamentary demand that obliges the government to limit its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), from now Iran will not go beyond its legal commitments in interaction with the agency, an Iranian nuclear official said.

Likewise, Iran will not reveal the construction of new nuclear plants to the Vienna-based agency until six months before the operation, Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said.

According to the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), member countries are required to inform the International Atomic Energy Agency about their newly-built nuclear facilities only six months before nuclear materials are supplied to the sites, he explained.

The move by the parliament came as the IAEA Board of Governors, under a pressure from the West, adopted a resolution censuring Iran for not informing the agency about the Fordo nuclear enrichment facility at the moment it started the project.

Iran has informed the IAEA about Fordo plant 18 months before operation.

Salehi went on to say that Iran will continue its nuclear activities within the framework of international treaties.

The Article 4 of the NPT recognizes all member countries' rights to have access to nuclear energy meant for peaceful purposes and to enrich uranium and Iran is not an exception, Iran’s former ambassador to the IAEA explained.


First Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 18:48

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