Iran Stresses Effective Nuclear Cooperation with IAEA
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based International Organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi underlined the need for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure effective implementation of nuclear-related technical cooperation with the member states.
Addressing a meeting of IAEA's Cooperation and Technical Assistance Committee, which was held via video conference, Qaribabadi said that the challenges and difficulties arising from the Coronavirus pandemic should not be underestimated.
"The efforts of the IAEA Secretariat to ensure the effective implementation of technical cooperation programs are very important and their realization requires high solidarity and cooperation at all levels of the world," he added.
Qaribabadi reiterated that it must be ensured that today's challenging situation does not have a detrimental effect on the implementation of the agency's technical cooperation programs, and most importantly, that these projects have sufficiently guaranteed resources.
Referring to the proposed technical cooperation program of the IAEA for 2021, Qaribabadi said that the IAEA Secretariat is responsible for ensuring the use of financial resources contributed to the Technical Cooperation Program to effectively and efficiently achieve the objectives of the program and in line with the needs and priorities of the member states.
He emphasized the vital role of nuclear techniques in the observation, diagnosis, and control of such diseases, citing the Integrated Action for Diseases of Animal Origin project and the Agency's program for timely response to infectious diseases and assistance to countries in this area, as well as the long-term negative consequences of coronary heart disease.
"We believe that this project, as a project of inter-regional technical cooperation, can provide a good basis for the leadership of the International Atomic Energy Agency and lead to a comprehensive synergy between all efforts at the national and regional levels and create a comprehensive approach to common human and animal diseases," the Iranian diplomat added.
Qaribabadi also expressed Iran's full support for the project, saying that the implementation of disease surveillance, tracking, and monitoring systems can provide early warning and help countries' national programs to combat such diseases.
Iran signed the JCPOA with six world states — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China — in 2015.
US President Donald Trump, a stern critic of the historic deal, unilaterally pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018 and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism in an attempt to strangle the Iranian oil trade, but to no avail since its "so-called maximum pressure policy" has failed to push Tehran to the negotiating table.
In response to the US’ unilateral move, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments four times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.
Tehran has particularly been disappointed with the failure of the three European signatories to the JCPOA -- Britain, France, and Germany -- to protect its business interests under the deal after the United States' withdrawal.
On January 5, Iran took a final step in reducing its commitments and said it would no longer observe any operational limitations on its nuclear industry, whether concerning the capacity and level of uranium enrichment, the volume of stockpiled uranium, or research and development.