TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stressed the point that the Islamic Republic of Iran has so far maintained maximum and best cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency among all other member states of the IAEA.
According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau, Mottaki made the remarks in a meeting with South African President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki in Ethiopia on Wednesday.
During the meeting, he reiterated the transparency and peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities, and reminded that the reports released by the IAEA Director General Mohammed ElBaradei have all reiterated Iran’s loyalty and adherence to the rules and regulations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
“We will never give up the rights we have been granted as a member of the IAEA,” the Iranian top diplomat underscored.
He also pointed out that the UN Security Council Resolution 1737 is politically oriented and has been passed by the Council under intense pressures of the United States, adding, “The Iranian nation will never accept this resolution.”
For his part, South African President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki also stressed the transparent nature of Iran’s nuclear activities and further described use of peaceful nuclear energy as a right of all NPT member states, including Iran.
Iran’s foreign minister is in Ethiopia to attend the 8th summit of the African Union (AU).