TEHRAN (FNA) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the International Atomic Energy Agency not to be influenced by the great powers and to fulfill its duties on the basis of legal criteria.
“Some countries imagine that the International Atomic Energy Agency is a means of the materialization of their policies, and this imagination disturbs natural and fair conditions,” Ahmadinejad told IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei in a meeting here in Tehran on Saturday.
He described nuclear energy as a God grace, and said that all countries will feel a much stronger need to this source of energy in the next two to three decades, stressing that all nations should be provided with legal opportunities to exploit such a clean energy (resource).
The president said great powers have been promoting the wrong idea that nuclear energy means atomic bomb, and underlined that such a discourse used by great powers to interpret nuclear energy should be ended.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran recognizes the Agency as the only party to its nuclear issue, yet this may not prevent negotiation with other countries over different issues,” he added.
For his part, the UN nuclear watchdog chief said that Iran’s nuclear activities are on due course, and called for more extensive cooperation between Iran and IAEA in various grounds.