Iran to stick by nuclear treaty after all

[JURIST] An Iranian Foreign Ministry [official website, English version] spokesman Sunday confirmed the country's ongoing commitment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [text] after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website] threatened to walk away from the treaty [JURIST report] on Saturday. Hamid Reza Asefi said that Iran would not accept the US and Europe using the treaty as a "political instrument," but said Iran "will cooperate in the treaty and the safeguards' framework." US President George W. Bush has not rejected the possibility of using force on Iran if the country does not cooperate with the efforts International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] to regulate its nuclear activities. Iran maintains that its uranium enrichment program [IAEA backgrounder] is being used only to create electricity, but the US claims the country is trying to build nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, a diplomat said Saturday in Vienna that IAEA cameras and seals have been removed from several nuclear buildings in Iran over the last few days, implying that it was not done under IAEA supervision. AP has more.

 

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