IRAN TO BUILD SIX MORE NUCLEAR ELECTRICITY PLANTS


TEHRAN, 29 Nov. Iran on Saturday announced its intention to build six more nuclear-powered electricity plants and at the same time expressed confidence that further inspections conducted by the atomic watchdog agency of its nuclear activities will attest to their strictly peaceful nature.

In a press conference in Tehran, Hojjatoleslam Hasan Rohani the influential Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) also challenged the United States to bring forth any secrets it claims it has about Tehran’s nuclear activities.

"An American official has recently said that they have new information about Iran’s nuclear weapons. We beg him them (the Americans) to reveal what they have", he told reporters, reiterating that all Iran’s nuclear programmes are for peaceful and civilian purposes.

"Our nuclear activity is categorically peaceful and will be such", said Mr. Rohani, who, as the main interlocutor in negotiations with both the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Europeans, emerged as Iran’s nuclear trouble shooter in recent months.

It was Mr. Rohani who met with the foreign affairs ministers of Britain, France and Germany and announced Iran’s acceptance of the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty and the suspension of uranium enriching programmes, activities that have been hidden from inspections for 18 years.

"Americans will achieve nothing as it regards Iran’s nuclear activities; we are sure about ourselves and for this reason, we have no fear of inspections of our atomic projects by the IAEA inspectors in the future. In other words, Americans have failed in this regard", the cleric added, according to the official news agency IRNA.

The United States led the anti-Iran front during a recent meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna, hoping Tehran is reported to the UN Security Council.

Washington, however, accepted a compromise resolution that warned the Islamic Republic it would face international sanctions if it fails to respect its engagements, but at the same time did not sent the Iranian case to the United States Security Council, as demanded by the United States.

Tehran welcomed the resolution, but regretted that no mention was made to its cooperation with the IAEA in recent months.

In a report submitted to the IAEA Board of Directors, UN inspectors faulted Iran for having concealed some key nuclear activities, like enriching uranium, but also said they had found no evidence pointing to Iran’s use of ongoing atomic projects for producing nuclear weapons, as alleged by Washington and Tel Aviv.

"Americans sought to score a point with a threat, but we chose the path of cooperation with the Europeans, who reciprocated it and the policy worked", Rohani said.

"America can also choose this path"’ he suggested.

The official welcomed further IAEA inspection which is expected to become more intrusive after Iran signs the Additional Protocol that would allow IAEA inspectors to go to Iran without prior warning and visit any site or project they wishes without any restrictions from the Iranian authorities.
According to Mr. Rohani, Iran would ratify the Protocol officially “in a near future and as soon as some formalities are performed”, referring to the ratification by the Majles of the agreement he signed with the French, British and German ministers on 21 October.

“We have no worry about continued inspections of the agency’s experts", Mr. Rohani, stressing that Iran would be committed to its undertakings with the Europe’s three Big in the one hand and the IAEA on the other.

"The wider inspections on Iran’s nuclear activities become, the more evident will become the fact that Iran has moved on the track for making peaceful use of the nuclear energy", he said.

The inspections, Rohani added, will also shed light on those issues for which Iran has been cited as having ridden roughshod in the past.

Reminding that Iran decided to voluntarily suspend its uranium enriching projects, Mr. Rohani called on the Americans to take example from the Europeans and stop spreading baseless news on Iran’s nuclear projects, including the Booshehr nuclear-powered electricity station that is under construction with assistance from Russia, a project the Americans and the Israeli say is a “covert” for military purposes. ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR 291103