Tehran, 30 Sept. (AKI) - Iran could end its cooperation with the United Nations nuclear watchdog over its atomic programme, MP Mousa Ghorbani told the country's official news agency IRNA on Tuesday.
Recent reports on Iran's uranium enrichment programme by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei and the UN Security Council indicate that the West lacks goodwill towards Iran, Ghorbani said.
ElBaradei's latest report in mid-September stated that Iran has repeatedly blocked the watchdog's investigation of its uranium enrichment programme.
Iran's lack of transparency meant concerns that it may be seeking to build atomic weapons could not be ruled out, the report said. It called on Iran to cooperate fully with IAEA inspectors
But Ghorbani said Tehran has cooperated extensively with the UN nuclear watchdog.
"To show its goodwill, Iran provided the IAEA inspectors with full access to its nuclear sites and this trend is expected to be revised because it seems that the IAEA has turned into a political puppet in the hands of the US and UK," he stated.
Iranian MPs are calling for a "revision of such cooperation," he underlined.
The latest UN resolution against Iran had made the country's politicians ask how long such "fruitless" cooperation with the IAEA should continue, he said.
The UN Security Council last Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution urging Iran once again to suspend its sensitive nuclear fuel work.
The resolution offered no new sanctions but merely reaffirmed the three rounds of sanctions the UN Security Council has already imposed on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment programme.
The US and other western powers suspect Iran may covertly be building atomic weapons.
Iran denies this, claiming its uranium enrichment programme is wholly peaceful and aimed solely at civilian nuclear power.
Iran claims it has a sovereign right to nuclear power under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty aimed at stopping the spread of atomic weapons.
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