Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said the opponents of the Iran nuclear deal are seeking to undermine the “confidence and cooperation” between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“The purpose of #JCPOA is to restore confidence in exclusively peaceful nature of nuclear program of #Iran. The deal fulfills this task. No sign of military dimension was found. The goal of opponents is opposite- to undermine confidence and cooperation between Tehran and #IAEA,” Ulyanov tweeted on Monday.
“Opponents of #JCPOA call for a “renewed coalition of pressure on Tehran”. In their latest article in Newsweek they try to instruct #IAEA what it “must” and “should” do. IAEA is independent. It’s Board of Governors and Secretariat will decide for themselves on how to proceed”, the Russian official said in a separate message on Sunday.
Newsweek in an article published on Sunday said that the IAEA, overseeing the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, is soon to release an updated report on Iran's compliance with its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) obligations.
The article has alleged that Iran has, since April, refused to cooperate with the nuclear watchdog's inquiry. It says the IAEA now has little choice but to issue a report regarding Iran's lack of cooperation.
Since January 2016, the IAEA has been verifying and monitoring Iran's implementation of its commitments under the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The UN nuclear watchdog has repeatedly verified Tehran’s compliance and honoring of its commitments under the agreement from which the United States unilaterally withdrew in 2018 and illegally reimposed sanctions which had been lifted under the deal.