UN nuclear chief biased: Iran atomic head
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 02, 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.


First Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 14:51

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