News ID: 291721
Published: 0306 GMT March 24, 2021

Iran slams IAEA chief's latest remarks as ‘unconstructive’

Iran slams IAEA chief's latest remarks as ‘unconstructive’

Iran’s permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations has criticized Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi for his latest remarks about the 2015 landmark nuclear pact, terming his comments as unconstructive.

Kazem Gharibabadi made the remarks on Wednesday reacting to Grossi’s interview with American weekly news magazine Newsweek in which he said “detailed and technical discussions” are needed to ascertain the location of Iran’s undeclared uranium and that the issue is “totally connected” to the revival of the nuclear agreement, officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Press TV wrote.

“Such interviews will only damage the IAEA’s credibility before Iran and Iranians, and will eliminate the chance for the success of the IAEA chief’s next initiatives on the basis of interaction and good faith,” the envoy said.

Gharibabadi went on to say that the JCPOA is currently facing numerous problems and complexities.

“We do not need to complicate it with such strange positions. The issues are interconnected, and Iran will organize its measures and interactions with the IAEA and its director general with regard to other factors,” Iran’s ambassador said.

e said Iran continues to act transparently and cooperatively under its Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement commitments.

“Do not cling to over-two-decade-old allegations as a cover-up to justify your deliberate failure to address important issues of proliferation, including the nuclear dossier of the Israeli regime!” Gharibabadi told the Agency.

In recent weeks, Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads over which side should first return to compliance with the JCPOA, which former US president Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018.

Iran says no negotiations are needed on Washington’s return to the JCPOA, and that the US should first lift all the sanctions Trump imposed on Iran before the Islamic Republic returns to full compliance. Tehran believes it was the White House that complicated the circumstances by the pullout, which in turn prompted Iran to take remedial measures.

As the US refrained from lifting the sanctions before a deadline set by Tehran, Iran announced that the country stopped the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol that allowed the IAEA to carry out short-notice inspections of the country’s nuclear facilities.

The halt came under the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, a law passed last December by the Iranian Parliament.

The legislation had set February 23 as a deadline for the Iranian government to further scale back compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, if the US does not lift its sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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