• Sun / 21 April 2013 / 09:58
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 92020100149

Iran condemns G5+1 statement, reiterates its commitment to NPT rules

Iran condemns G5+1 statement, reiterates its commitment to NPT rules

TEHRAN (ISNA)- An Iranian senior foreign ministry official lashed out at the G5+1statement on Iran's nuclear issue, reiterating that Iran is a 'committed member' of the UN nuclear watchdog.

TEHRAN (ISNA)- An Iranian senior foreign ministry official lashed out at the G5+1statement on Iran's nuclear issue, reiterating that Iran is a 'committed member' of the UN nuclear watchdog.

"Iran has continued its completely peaceful nuclear program under the permanent monitoring of the IAEA inspectors," said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Saturday.

"We are a committed member of the agency. We were one of the countries which signed the NPT first. We comply with our commitments under the treaty," he added.

The Iranian foreign ministry official also noted that the country will continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council in a statement claimed that Iranian nuclear peaceful activities pose a challenge to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

They also raised concerns over Iranian and North Korean nuclear drive.

The statement came while Israel, as the only owner of nuclear weapons in Middle East, has always been supported by these five countries.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and western embargos for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

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