The Iranian ambassador to international organizations in Vienna warned the UN nuclear agency about taking any counterproductive measure against Iran during the forthcoming meeting of its Board of Governors, saying that such a measure would “disrupt” future talks on the revival of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
Kazem Gharibabadi made the remarks on Thursday after spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities have become limited to what is stipulated in the Safeguards Agreement.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, the AEOI spokesman, said all inspections of the country’s nuclear facilities beyond the Safeguards agreement have come to a halt, but the IAEA continues those inspections, which fall within framework of the Safeguards Agreement, in the usual manner, Press TV wrote.
This came after the IAEA’s chief Rafael Grossi claimed in a report that Iran is blocking access to some of its nuclear sites and continues to boost its stocks of uranium enriched above the percentage allowed in the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The IAEA’s Board of Governors is scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss the current problems between Iran and the IAEA, with some analysts believing that it may result in a new anti-Iran statement.
In his Thursday tweet, Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA warned about “any counterproductive action” against Iran during the forthcoming Board of Governors meeting.
Noting that the UN nuclear agency “cannot disassociate itself from the destiny of the JCPOA,” Iran’s envoy added, “Any counterproductive action, disrupts the negotiation process.”
“Of course, I hope that wisdom prevails in the BoG next week: cooperation for cooperation, goodwill for goodwill, [and] action for action.”
Gharibabadi also advised the IAEA that it “should plan for increasing cooperation and interaction with” its member states “rather to incept mistrust”.
He added that “depoliticization, impartiality, independence and professionalism are essential for the credibility” of the IAEA and member states’ trust in its work.
No need for resolution
Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to international organizations in Vienna said in a Friday tweet his country will vote against a possible draft resolution on Iran at the Board of Governors.
“There should be no illusion. If a draft resolution on Iran is tabled in the IAEA Board of Governors Russia will vote against,” Mikhail Ulyanov said.
The Russian official stressed that “there is no need for a resolution which would be not only senseless but extremely detrimental”.
Ulyanov called on the IAEA to “count on diplomacy”.
Iran, the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, struck the JCPOA on July 14, 2015. Under the accord, Iran agreed to scale back some of its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
However, the US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reinstated draconian sanctions on the Islamic Republic, although the country had been fully compliant with the deal.
Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA have held six rounds of talks in Vienna since April, which began after the administration of US President Joe Biden voiced willingness to rejoin the nuclear agreement, three years after Trump’s withdrawal.
Negotiators took a break from the talks after Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi emerged victorious in Iran’s June presidential election, waiting for Iran’s democratic transition to take place in order for them to be able to continue the talks, as disagreements remained unresolved on key issues.
Tehran argues that since Washington was the party that violated the terms of the agreement, it should take the first step back into compliance with the deal by removing its unilateral sanctions.