Iran removed two surveillance cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from one of its nuclear facilities on Wednesday, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Wednesday.
“Iran has so far had extensive cooperation with the IAEA, but unfortunately the agency, having failing to consider that such cooperation stems from Iran's goodwill, the agency has not only been ungrateful, but has also considered it as Iran’s duty," the AEOI said in a statement.
As a result, Iran “ordered relevant authorities to shut down cameras of the Online Enrichment Monitor (OLEM) and the IAEA’s flow meter operating beyond safeguards from today,” the statement added.
More than 80% of the IAEA's existing cameras are operating under the safeguards agreement, which will be in place and will keep functioning as usual, the AEOI pointed out.
"Iran cannot be cooperative while the IAEA displays unreasonable behavior. We hope the agency will come to its senses and respond with cooperation with Iran," AEOI spokesperson Behrouz Kamalvandi told national TV.
The United States, Britain, Germany and France angered Iran by submitting to the IAEA's Board of Governors a draft resolution criticizing Tehran for “non-cooperation”.
The resolution text will be debated and voted on at this week's quarterly meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board with several diplomats predicting that it was likely to pass easily, Reuters wrote.
Iran has warned of consequences if the motion is adopted, saying it will respond accordingly.
The AEOI chief insisted Wednesday that Iran were not hiding anything and that it had declared all its sites.
"Iran has no hidden or undocumented nuclear activities or undisclosed sites," Mohammad Eslami told IRNA.
"These fake documents seek to maintain maximum pressure" on Iran, he added, referring to the sanctions reimposed by the US when former president Donald Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers in 2018, known as the JCPOA.
The Western-drafted resolution is the first since June 2020 when a similar motion censuring Iran was adopted, AFP reported.
In a joint statement, the European troika said they "strongly urge Iran to stop escalating its nuclear program and to urgently conclude (the) deal that is on the table.”
Eslami rejected the recent motion as “political”, saying that "Iran has had maximum cooperation with the IAEA".
Talks to revive the JCPOA started in April last year with the aim of bringing the US back in, lifting sanctions and getting Iran to return to the limits it agreed to on its nuclear activities.
But negotiations have stalled in recent months as key sticking points remained unresolved.