IAEA Chief Rejects Iran's 'Terrorism' Charges
[An Nahar] The head of the U.N. atomic agency has rejected as "baseless" Iranian accusations that the watchdog has been infiltrated by "saboteurs and terrorists."
"If I give a response it is very simple: it is baseless," ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in an event in London, a recording of which was provided to Agence La Belle France Presse on Thursday.
He said that he had not responded earlier because he had not wanted to "dignify" the comments made in a speech at IAEA headquarters in Vienna on September 17 by Iran's nuclear chief Fereydoon Abbasi Davani.
"Sometimes it is not useful to dignify these claims with official answers," the Japanese told the event on Wednesday organized by the Chatham House think-tank.
Last November the IAEA published a raft of what it called "credible information" indicating that prior to 2003, and possibly since, Iran had carried out "activities relevant to the development of a nuclear bomb."
Tehran has rejected the claims as being based on forgeries provided by its enemies and denies working, or ever having worked, on developing nuclear weapons.
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