0545 GMT June 26, 2022
Iran’s nuclear chief said taking the Islamic Republic’s nuclear case to the Board of Governors (BoG) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was the enemies’ “final test”, stressing that Tehran gave a completely “legal and lawful” response to their move.
Making the remarks in an interview with Tasnim News Agency, Mohammad Eslami, the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), added international organizations should not abuse their power.
He said what’s important is that the world should know that although Iran owns only three percent of the world’s nuclear capacity, its nuclear sites and facilities have undergone over 25 percent of the IAEA’s entire inspections.
Eslami stressed that it must be clarified to what extent those countries and regimes that make all the commotion and clamor over Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities put their centers at the IAEA’s disposal for regular inspections.
He slammed the enemies’ recent anti-Iran moves at the IAEA as bids to maintain the psychological, political and “maximum pressure” on the Iranian nation.
In early June, the IAEA’s Board of Governors adopted an anti-Iran resolution proposed by the United States and its allies, accusing Tehran of noncooperation.
resolution was approved with 30 votes in favor, two against and three abstentions.
In reaction to the resolution, which it vehemently condemns as politically-motivated, Iran has taken a number of remedial measures such as shutting off a number of the IAEA’s surveillance cameras at its nuclear sites.
Earlier, Eslami slammed the IAEA for politicizing Iran’s peaceful nuclear program under Israeli pressure while disregarding Tehran's extensive cooperation with the UN agency after the adoption of the resolution.
He justified Tehran’s refusal to provide the IAEA with films of JCPOA’s monitoring cameras, stressing that the accord between Iran and the 5+1 countries will only exist as long as both sides remain committed to it.