0746 GMT January 29, 2022
The agreement between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will prevent creation of excuses by certain countries expressing doubts about Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities, said an MP.
Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Energy Committee and a former president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), made the remarks in an interview with IRNA commenting on the recent visit by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to Tehran.
He added if the other parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Tehran and the P5+1 in July 2015, fulfill their commitments, Tehran will provide the IAEA with the data the agency requires to perform its supervisory role and carry out its legal responsibilities.
Grossi arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday to hold talks with new AEOI Chief Mohammad Eslami.
Iran and the IAEA announced on Sunday that they have agreed to allow international inspectors to repair the UN nuclear agency’s monitoring cameras at the country’s nuclear sites.
“IAEA’s inspectors are permitted to service the identified equipment and replace their storage media, which will be kept under the joint IAEA and AEOI seals in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the AEOI and the IAEA said in a joint statement after a meeting between the two organizations’ heads in Tehran.
Abbasi-Davani added the agreement between Iran and the IAEA indicates that inspection of the country’s nuclear sites and facilities will continue and no data needed by the agency for supervision over the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear program will be deleted.
He described Iran’s agreement with the IAEA as the country’s gesture of goodwill, adding the other signatories to the JCPOA, namely the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, are also required to fulfill their obligations under the deal as it is not possible for Tehran to be the sole party honoring its pledges within the framework of the agreement.
In 2018, the US, under its former president Donald Trump, withdrew from the nuclear deal and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Iran in a bid to cripple the country’s economy and bring Tehran to the negotiating table to hammer out a new deal.
Being part of the former US administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran and mainly targeting the country’s oil and banking sectors, the sanctions failed to produce the results desired by Washington thanks to Iranians’ resilience.
Since the US pullout, the European sides have failed to safeguard Iran’s interests within the framework of the deal despite their claims of willingness to preserve the JCPOA. Disappointed with Europe, Iran began implementing retaliatory measures, involving a phased reduction of commitments under the deal, to compel the other sides to honor their pledges.
Since April, several rounds of talks have been held in the Austrian capital of Vienna between Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA aimed at the restoration of the deal and returning the US to the deal.
“The JCPOA is a multilateral agreement. Each of the signatories must meet their commitments,” the Iranian lawmaker emphasized.
He also stressed that the sanctions must be lifted, saying, “We must not acquiesce to any new condition or demand.”
Abbasi-Davani urged the IAEA to monitor and ensure about other parties’ fulfilment of their commitments and report any violation or failure in this regard.