News ID: 325410
Published: 0415 GMT November 16, 2022

West takes political advantage of the supposedly technical watchdog

West takes political advantage of the supposedly technical watchdog
LISA LEUTNER/REUTERS
IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi holds a news conference on the opening day of a quarterly meeting of his agency's 35-nation Board of Governors in Vienna, Austria, on November 16, 2022.

Mohammad Ghaderi

Expert on foreign affairs 

 

Relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have always had many ups and downs, and especially its director general in his capacity has had a direct impact on relations.

Since the early 2000s, when world powers’ distorted narrative of Iran’s nuclear program was used to introduce Iran as a rogue state, Western countries have viewed the IAEA as a tool to put pressure on Iran.

However, on the contrary, Iran has always tried to show its goodwill by accepting the safeguard issues and taking voluntary measures to resolve its differences with the UN body.

Although Iran has always acted in accordance with the regulations enshrined in the IAEA and the Non-Proliferation Treaty, unfortunately, it has never been supported by the IAEA.

Even, after the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, and the practical support of the European Union from the U.S. withdrawal, Iran has never acted in violation of its safeguards obligations and commitments under the nuclear deal.

With the appointment of Rafael Grossi as the IAEA’s director, who has been openly supported by the U.S. and the Israeli lobby, the IAEA’s behavior toward Iran has been completely politicized.

However, Iran has once again entered the suspended nuclear talks with the 4+1 group with the aim of lifting anti-Iran sanctions – the negotiations that have entered a new phase since November 2021.

Whenever negotiations between Iran and the West reached a deadlock, the West resorted to the tools such as media propaganda and used the IAEA and its chief to exert more pressure on Iran.

Although international institutions have been established on the basis of neutrality, unfortunately, the UN atomic agency, especially during Grossi’s tenure, has been degraded from its high position; instead of protecting the rights of its members, it has turned into a mere political tool at the hands of Western powers and has become the main obstacle to the realization of Iran’s interests in the negotiations.

After months, this issue is happening again. An anti-Iran resolution that is supposed to be passed by the IAEA Board of Governors is practically based on a completely hostile, one-sided and false report that has been prepared by Grossi.

Therefore, if the U.S., as it claims in its numerous messages it has sent to Iran, is seeking to solve the problem, it should choose another way, because this method will not yield any result. Iran will not yield to such pressures to sign an agreement that does not bring any benefits to the Iranian nation.

The point is that Western countries have been pulling the strings of Grossi, as it has been proven in several times. Thus, if Washington truly seeks to reach an agreement, it is enough to tell Grossi to stop making political and non-technical excuses, and resolve the safeguards issues between Iran and the agency before signing any nuclear deal.

 

 

   
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