News ID: 281253
Published: 0540 GMT March 01, 2021

Tehran to respond strongly to any anti-Iran resolution by IAEA BoG

Tehran to respond strongly to any anti-Iran resolution by IAEA BoG

Rapporteur for Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abolfazl Amouei on Monday said Tehran will strongly react if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors issues an anti-Iran resolution.

Amouei made the remarks in the extraordinary meeting of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on Monday, IRNA reported.

He added, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to react appropriately if he witnesses any anti-Iran resolution.

The US is not authorized to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), if Washington does not live up to its commitments, the MP quoted Zarif as saying.

The IAEA Board of Governors will convene its regular March meeting virtually on Monday. It will discuss a range of issues, including the verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 and NPT Safeguards Agreement with the country, according to the UN nuclear watchdog’s website.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said Tehran will give a proper response to any anti-Iran resolution adopted by the IAEA Board of Governors regarding the recent JCPOA developments.

“In case the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency adopts an anti-Iran resolution due to the suspension of the [NPT] Additional Protocol, we will give a proper response,” Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday.

On February 23, Iran stopped the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol. The halt came under the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, a law passed last December by the Iranian Parliament, and added to Iran’s previous steps away from the 2015 nuclear deal in response to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal in 2018 and the other parties’ failure to fulfill their commitments.

In this regard, the IAEA and the AEOI reached a temporary bilateral technical understanding, under which the latter would continue to use cameras to record information at its nuclear sites for three months, but it would retain the information exclusively. If the US sanctions are lifted completely within that period, Iran will provide the footage information to the UN nuclear watchdog, otherwise, it will be deleted forever.

On February 26, Salehi warned that recordings from monitoring equipment that the IAEA installed at the country’s nuclear sites will be deleted if the United States does not lift its unilateral sanctions within the next three months.

“Now, the IAEA does not have the right to access surveillance cameras for up to three months, and if the sanctions are not lifted, the information recorded by the cameras will be deleted and cameras will be uninstalled. The agency issues a report every three months, so we gave it a chance,” he said on Friday.


Resource: IRNA
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