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Iran Says It Will Accept Nuclear Monitoring Only Under Treaty

FILE - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, June 14, 2014.
FILE - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, June 14, 2014.
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Iran said it will accept monitoring of its nuclear program as called for in the global non-proliferation treaty, but not any inspections beyond that.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that any inspection beyond the legal framework of the treaty "would be a precedent, against the interests of all developing countries."

Rouhani made his comments as he met in Tehran with the visiting head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, Yukiya Amano.

Amano made a one-day stop in the Iranian capital ahead of the August 25 deadline for Iran to provide information about its nuclear development program to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Amano called the talks useful and said he was pleased that Iran pledged its cooperation in resolving questions about its nuclear program.

The United States and its Western allies have long suspected that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, but Tehran said its nuclear development program is only for civilian purposes.

Iran wants to end crippling sanctions against its economy that the West has imposed to try to force it to abandon any development of nuclear warheads.

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by: Kamil from: UK
August 18, 2014 2:16 AM
the West fundamental mistake about Iran is the assumption that the Iranian Theocracy will act in line with the Iranian national interest. BIG MISTAKE..!!! A mistake made before by Stalin... Stalin did not believe Hitler will attack Russia while fighting on the western front... so just as Hitler could not be trusted so is the Ayatollah... we have to destroy Iran's capacity to threaten the world. Look at ISIL... Hamas... HIzbullah... they are not thinking about their people... they would rather see their people die in agony than moderate their demands. This is Islam... and we must confront it. it is not about to go away... it will get far worse if we dont do something about it NOW!!!

by: bobcat4424 from: Tuscaloosa, AL
August 17, 2014 4:15 PM
Iran is in a very difficult position. Israel is allowed to have an estimated 200-400+ nuclear weapons. Turkey has 90 nuclear weapons. In Iran's eyes Israel is already a self-declared enemy and Turkey is sliding rapidly into the fundamentalist Sunni camp. Both are very troubling for Iran's future. Their aim has to be for guarantees and offsets that provide some parity with Israel and Turkey.

by: Donald Fraser Miles from: Elliot Lake, Canada
August 17, 2014 3:07 PM
Iran has come a long way. A continuation of the existing dynamics between Iran and the UN is good for Iran, Israel and the world.

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