Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Kazem Gharibabadi dismissed the claim by the three European parties to the nuclear deal (E3) that their decision to pause the submission of the resolution critical of Iran at the IAEA was a chance for Iran and the IAEA to continue their work on some issues, Press TV wrote.
"I must say that the three countries have in fact given themselves another opportunity to fulfill their obligations in the light of inaction and noncompliance with their commitments under the JCPOA, on the one hand, and not destroy the atmosphere of diplomacy and cooperation between Iran and the agency on the other," the Iranian diplomat added, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
The trio dropped their plan to adopt an anti-Iran resolution on Thursday over Iran’s reduction of its nuclear commitments under Iran’s landmark nuclear agreement with world powers in response to the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the deal, also known as the JCPOA.
The US-backed draft resolution that voiced “serious concern” about Iran’s reduced cooperation with the IAEA was scrapped in a bid to make room for diplomacy. Britain, France and Germany had lobbied for the IAEA Board of Governors to adopt the resolution, but they were faced with a strong backlash from Iran.
On February 23, Iran halted its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol that allowed the IAEA to carry out short-notice inspections at its nuclear facilities.
Later, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi visited Tehran to discuss the issue. During his visit, Tehran and the IAEA reached a technical understanding that was embraced by both sides.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Gharibabadi said the halt of the resolution process was an outcome of active diplomacy and resistance as well as the significant progress made in the nuclear field in the light of the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, a law passed last December by the Iranian Parliament requiring the administration to tighten its retaliatory measures.
"Therefore, we warn the sponsors of any resolution against Iran at any stage and any time that if they want to resume the path of confrontation, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to give a strong response and reaction, especially in the field of nuclear technology," he emphasized.
No new arrangement
Also on Saturday, Gharibabadi pointed to a planned visit by the IAEA’s technical delegation to Tehran in April and said the Europeans want to see this issue as a privilege for themselves “but I must emphasize that no new arrangement has been made with the agency after the recent agreement in Tehran.”
He added that Iran-IAEA cooperation within the framework of the Safeguards Agreement is not something new and is in the continuation of the existing relations between the two sides.