UN nuclear chief biased: Iran atomic head

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 14:51

Tehran: Iran`s atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi
today accused the new head of the UN atomic watchdog of bias
and said he hoped the Japanese official would change his
approach towards Tehran`s atomic programme.

"We expected (Yukiya) Amano to examine and adopt a
position about the nuclear issue in an unbiased way, but
unfortunately and in contradiction with what he had said
before, we did not see an unbiased position," Salehi told
when asked to react to Amano remarks at the UN atomic body
meeting yesterday.

"We hope that he will change his approach."

Amano, who took over as the head of the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on December 1, said in an address
to the agency`s board in Vienna that Iran is still not giving
sufficient information on its nuclear activities.

"We cannot confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is
in peaceful activities because Iran has not provided the
agency with the necessary cooperation," Amano said.

He later clarified at a press conference that Tehran was
cooperating, "but there are areas where we don`t have
cooperation and (where) we need cooperation."

Around two weeks before the meeting, Amano had circulated
a report to IAEA member states regarding Iran`s atomic
programme which was seen as using tougher language than his
predecessor Mohamed ElBaradei.


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First Published: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 14:51

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