Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency stressed Thursday that his country "is ready to re-engage with IAEA," amid growing pressure from world powers over its nuclear program, CNN reported.
"A new chapter (has) opened," Ali Asghar Soltanieh declared at an IAEA meeting in Vienna.
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Nevertheless, the Iranian official stressed that the Islamic Republic "will never ever suspend our nuclear activities," insisting that the program is exclusively for peaceful purposes. "The truth is, Iran is not developing a nuclear weapon."
Soltanieh added that international sanctions and cyber attacks against Iran will not prevent it from developing nuclear energy, and that sanctions were only working to hurt its citizens.
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Addressing reports of a possible Israeli attack on Iran noted, he said that such threats are against international law, and called on the United Nations to condemn and take action against Israel.
"We are facing a barbaric phenomenon," Soltanieh said, referring to the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists.
In an interview with CNN, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said that Iran is not open about its nuclear program, but should be. "Iran is not telling us everything. That is my impression. We are asking Iran to engage with us proactively, and Iran has a case to answer," Amano said.
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