TEHRAN, June 6 (MNA) – Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said that contrary to the claims of the United States and Israel, nuclear weapons have no place in Iran’s defense doctrine.

When a country signs the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) there is no room for clandestine activities because the protocol allows unannounced inspections, Shamkhani told the ISNA new agency today.


Shamkhani said Iran expects the European big three of Germany, France, and Britain to live up to their commitments toward Iran so that Iran’s nuclear dossier can be closed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


The IAEA Board of Governors is going to start deliberations about Iran’s nuclear program on June 14.


Germany, France and Britain struck a deal with Iran in October last year pledging to recognize Iran’s right to use nuclear energy for civilian purposes and to help transfer nuclear technology to Iran. In that deal Iran agreed to suspend its nuclear enrichment program and sign the additional protocol, which allows snap inspections.


The defense minister said that Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA is transparent, adding that the Islamic Republic has clarified everything about its nuclear program and has allowed the IAEA full access to its nuclear sites.


It should soon become clear whether Iran’s nuclear dossier will be treated as a technical issue or whether it will be turned into a tool to further the U.S. Middle East policy, Shamkhani argued.


Of course, Iran’s nuclear dossier would be declared clean and then closed if the IAEA Board of Governors examined the case from a technical viewpoint, he said.


The Islamic Republic of Iran has been acting very transparently in order to gain the confidence of the IAEA and the European Union and in return Europe has vowed to make efforts to prevent the Iranian nuclear program from being turned into a security issue, he added.


Shamkhani also urged the Europeans to make efforts to close Iran’s nuclear dossier at the IAEA Board’s June meeting.






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