Withdrawing From NPT Iran’s Last Option: MP

Posted in Iran | 02-Jun-04 | Source: Iran News Watch

TEHRAN, June 1 (MNA) -- MP Kazem Jalali said here Tuesday that in order to resolve the crisis about its civilian nuclear program, Iran has no choice other than enhancing its constructive interaction with international institutions and foreign governments.

Jalali told the Mehr News Agency that Iran has always welcomed technical comments about its nuclear program but the issue is currently being discussed in a politicized atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not given a transparent and clear response to Iran’s constructive cooperation, he said.

Jalali, who was a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the sixth Majlis, noted that the agency has failed to make a scientific decision based on experts’ viewpoints due to the influence of certain political powers.

He stressed that if the IAEA fails to act respectfully toward Iran and continues its politicized approach despite Iran’s transparent technical and legal cooperation, Iran will reduce the level of cooperation with the agency.

If that happened, withdrawing from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) would be Iran’s last option, he said.

“These are not just slogans, although we don’t consider them to be the best options,” he added.

Jalali stated that Iran would wait until the end of the next session of the IAEA Board of Governors to see the result.