Monday, November 7, 2011

Iran says: United States is using the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a tool against Iran - 7th Nov 2011

A senior member of Iran's Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said Monday that the United States is using the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a tool against Iran.

Khatami said "the United States is using international organizations, including IAEA, as tools" to pressure Iran over its nuclear program, the state IRIB TV website reported on Monday.

Khatami, also the leader of Tehran's Friday prayers, made the remarks Monday when he led Tehran's Eid al-Adha prayers.

If the IAEA is turned into a tool at the hands of the United States against Iranians, it will discredit itself, he was quoted as saying.

Khatami made the remarks referring to the United Nations nuclear supervision agency IAEA's report on Iran's nuclear program which is expected to be released this week.

The report is likely to hint at Iran's engagement in nuclear weapons work despite UN sanctions.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano had said at the UN General Assembly that while it was too early to make conclusions just yet, the report might possibly exacerbate Middle East tensions.

Amano urged Iran to cooperate with the IAEA to prove that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Read More