‘Iran ready to address nuclear concerns’

File photo shows Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.

Iran says it is ready to help allay the West’s concerns over Tehran’s nuclear energy program provided that the country’s nuclear rights are fully recognized.

The recognition of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities in legal terms and provision of technical assistance by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Tehran have been already discussed in various sessions, Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday.

“They have never been able to provide real evidence at sessions and meetings for their claims. However, we have announced that if a comprehensive agreement is reached between the Islamic Republic and the IAEA, under which all [Iranian] nuclear activities are fully recognized, and we are fully provided with nuclear and fuel cycle technology, we will be ready to take the necessary measures to allay their concerns,” Mehmanparast told reporters in Tehran.

Mehmanparast described the recent meetings between Tehran and the nuclear body as constructive, adding that the talks revolved around “technical aspects” of Iran’s nuclear activities.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman further highlighted Iran’s sustained cooperation with the IAEA and said the Islamic Republic is determined to pursue all its nuclear rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives.