News ID: 322128
Published: 0325 GMT June 07, 2022

Iran warns of consequences if resolution passed at IAEA meeting

Iran warns of consequences if resolution passed at IAEA meeting

Russia: Anti-Iran move ‘extremely doubtful’

International Desk

Iran on Tuesday warned of consequences if a West-drafted resolution censuring its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog was adopted at the agency’s board.

The United States, Britain, Germany and France submitted their draft resolution to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday, urging Iran to cooperate fully with the IAEA.

The vote is likely to happen on Thursday during the weeklong meeting of the IAEA's 35-member board, with diplomats predicting that the motion would be passed easily.

A senior Iranian lawmaker said the Islamic Republic would “definitely reconsider” talks with world powers in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, should the resolution was approved.

“The Westerners are not able to achieve their desired results in the negotiations… and seek to use the agency and its report as a tool to pressure the Islamic Republic. They will definitely receive a strong response,” Vahid Jalalzadeh, the chairman of Iran’s parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told Tasnim News Agency on Tuesday.

China and Russia – who along with Britain, France and Germany are parties to the JCPOA – had already warned that the resolution could disrupt the negotiation process.

Russia’s envoy to the IAEA, Mikhail Ulyanov, said the anti-Iran move was “extremely doubtful”.

“For unknown reasons they believe that a resolution is the best way to address outstanding safeguards issues. Extremely doubtful,” Ulyanov tweeted on Tuesday.

In a report late last month, the IAEA said it had questions that were "not clarified" regarding traces of enriched uranium that the agency claimed to have found at three Iranian sites.

Iran has rejected the report as being “inaccurate,” saying that it would respond accordingly to the resolution.

“The IAEA has pursued these issues (traces of enriched uranium) based on invalid and fake information provided to it by the Zionist regime (of Israel),” spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi wrote in an opinion published by IRNA on Tuesday.

Kamalvandi noted that Iran had no obligation to respond to IAEA questions which had been raised on the basis of invalid documents but provided the agency with all the necessary information and access and answered its questions voluntarily.

AEOI chief Mohammad Eslami said on Monday IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi lacked serious will to describe Iran’s answers to the agency’s queries as convincing. 

“IAEA relies on the intelligence reports [provided by] our enemies, topped by Israel,” Eslami said.

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s former envoy to the IAEA, urged Grossi to refrain from pursuing any political agenda in his work.








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