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Thursday, September 19, 2019, 17:15
Iran dismisses UAE, Israel claims on nuclear program
By Xinhua
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 17:15 By Xinhua

Iran's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Kazem Gharibabadi, center, arrives for the start of the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Sept 9, 2019. (RONALD ZAK / AP)

TEHRAN — Iran denied allegations raised by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel on Tehran's nuclear program at the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran's state TV reported on Thursday.

During the 63rd IAEA general conference, Iran's permanent representative to the IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi gave assurances that "Iran has utilized the highest standards in building and launching its nuclear facilities"

"It is quite ridiculous that a regime which has ignored all the non-proliferation and disarmament commitments and developed all kinds of weapons of mass destruction is preaching a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) whose nuclear facilities and materials are under the IAEA's safeguards," Iran's permanent representative to the IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi said on Wednesday with reference to Israeli remarks at IAEA meeting.

In an address to the 63rd IAEA general conference on Wednesday, the representative of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission claimed that the IAEA needs to show "greater vigilance" considering what he called Iran's "methods of deception and concealment in the nuclear realm."

"Tel Aviv must abandon its nukes and join the NPT immediately, putting all its nuclear facilities under the IAEA's safeguards," Gharibabadi was quoted as saying.

He also accused Iran of "concealing and removing nuclear materials and equipment from its clandestine sites" and undermining the IAEA's "ability to conduct effective verification missions."

Gharibabadi also downplayed as "irrelevant and groundless" accusations raised by the UAE envoy and gave assurances that "Iran has utilized the highest standards in building and launching its nuclear facilities."

He made the remarks in reaction to comments by Hamad Alkaabi, the permanent representative of the UAE to the IAEA, who urged the IAEA "to devise a new approach towards addressing concerns and threats of Iran's nuclear and regional activities."


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