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Mutual calls for Mideast nuclear transparency

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Mutual calls for Mideast nuclear transparency


Iran and Israel have been told to come clean about their nuclear programmes.

At an International Atomic Energy Agency summit being held this week in Austria, the United States said Iran must make clear its nuclear intentions.

But the Iranian delegation insists that despite an extensive IAEA report, it has unearthed no evidence Iran is building an atomic bomb.

The head of Iran’s nuclear programme, Ali Akbar Salehi, told the 151-member body:

“The result of such huge efforts has always led to the most essential conclusion by the agency that there has been no diversion to non-peaceful activities.”

Iran also accused the IAEA of double standards for not publishing a satisfactory report on Israel’s supposed nuclear arsenal. Israel is suspected of -but does not admit to – possessing the Middle East’s only nuclear weapons.

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