Nuclear report shows Iran in right: Ahmadinejad

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Tehran, Nov 16: Iran's president said today a report by the UN atomic watchdog showed Iran had been telling the truth about its nuclear plans and was right to resist Western pressure, the official IRNA news agency reported. A senior Iranian atomic official added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report meant further discussion of Iran's atomic row in the UN Security Council would be illegal.

''We welcome this, that the International Atomic Energy Agency has found its role and with the publication of (IAEA chief Mohamed) ElBaradei's report the world will see that the Iranian nation has been right and the resistance of our nation has been correct,'' President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to build atomic bombs under cover of a civilian nuclear programme. Tehran insists its nuclear plans are purely civilian and aimed at generating electricity.

Iran has agreed with the UN agency on a plan to clear up questions about its programme in order to allay any doubts.

Its report, released today, said Iran had made important strides toward transparency about its nuclear activity but had yet to resolve key outstanding questions.

The United States, which is leading efforts to isolate Iran, has said partial Iranian cooperation with UN nuclear investigators would not be enough to stall steps towards a third round of sanctions.

The UN Security Council has already slapped two rounds of sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt sensitive nuclear work. But Russia and China, both veto-wielding members of the Security Council, have been resisting moves to toughen penalties on Iran.

''It will be surprising if they continue discussing Iran's case at the UN Security Council because, based on this report, the discussion will have no legal and international basis,'' Mohammad Saeedi, deputy director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, told Reuters.


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