Speaking at a weekly press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the resolution had created obstacles on the path of implementing the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA.
On Wednesday, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution proposed by the United States, Britain, France, and Germany that accused Iran of not cooperating with the UN nuclear agency, Press TV reported.
Iran responded by removing up to 18 cameras operating beyond the IAEA safeguards and turning on advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium.
“We could not leave the IAEA’s political and non-technical action unanswered,” Khatibzadeh said, referring to Iran’s further reduction of its JCPOA obligations as a response to the resolution. “Our response was decisive and appropriate.”
He added that “the abrupt change in the IAEA chief’s tone, his manner of negotiations, and his discourse when he addressed the European Parliament clearly shows that he was acting on the orders of an outside player.”
Khatibzadeh also touched on the stalled Vienna talks to revive the JCPOA, saying an agreement is within reach if the United States abandons delusions and fulfills its commitments.
IAEA's credibility damaged
Khatibzadeh also criticized a recent trip by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to the Israeli-occupied territories, stating that the move seriously harmed the credibility of the UN nuclear watchdog.
He said despite the fact that the IAEA is required to remain impartial, the nuclear body’s director general traveled to Israel, which has not accepted any nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
“It is unfortunate that the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency has granted the unlawful regime of Israel permission to make a mockery of the international organization through its agents, and erode its credibility,” he noted.
He said that Grossi has “made a trip to the wrong place at the wrong time” and that he has “met with wrong people and dealt a heavy blow to the agency’s credibility.”
“These actions have discredited the achievements of international organizations. Under the Statute of the IAEA, its chief is obligated to ensure the independence and impartiality of the organization,” he added.