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Iran's nuclear anger
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The Iranian press has reacted angrily to comments on Iran's nuclear programme by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei.

Mr ElBaradei said on Monday that Tehran was not co-operating satisfactorily with the IAEA.

Some papers accuse the agency of following policies set out by the United States and Europe, while another says Iran should consider withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

By reading the report that the Americans had prepared for him and in his name, Mohamed ElBaradei has destroyed what remained of the world prestige of the IAEA and proved that this agency is a tool in the hands of satanic powers, which they use to pursue their objectives and programmes.

Jomhuri-ye Eslami

From the point of view of many political observers and diplomats, ElBaradei's requests encompassed the demands made of him by America and the three European countries, notably Britain, in the course of the past two weeks... Some people [in Iran] are in favour of breaking relations not only with the IAEA but also with Germany, France and Britain, as the compilers of the [IAEA] board of governors' resolution. Others are advising the government that Iran should not give up its only negotiating partner, that is, Europe... In the opinion of these analysts, Iran and Europe do have the potential and capability to ultimately resolve the problems between them and, in reality, shunning Europe would only lead to bringing Europe and America closer together.


Perhaps it will be difficult for those who had confidence in the mediation of the three European countries over Iran's nuclear defiance to accept the fact that they have been lowered into the depths with America's rope of deceit and the Zionists' lobby... There is no doubt that the ultimate solution is to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... Examining the direction of our country's foreign policies towards European countries such as Britain, France and Germany could be one of the concerns of the fundamentalist seventh Majlis.


This is the first time that the Europeans are using the words "Stop" and "End" [in the draft resolution] and Iran has reacted to this... After the publication of the draft of ElBaradei's report, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council [Hasan Rowhani] declared that the report did not contain anything new from the technical standpoint and that, in Iran's view, the file is closed.


The head of the Leader's Office, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, said that using nuclear technology for peaceful purposes is the right of the Iranian nation. He added that the hegemonic powers are worried about Iran's progress in all scientific fields... Mohammadi Golpayegani pointed out that they deceive naive people in such a way that these people say Iran should come to terms with the US. "It is naivety to presume that if we were to obey the US, we will retain our dignity and independence," he added.

Iran Daily

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