2020-November-26 09:34
2020-November-18  15:17

Envoy Blasts Saudi Attempt to Hide Clandestine N. Program via Blaming Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based International Organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi lashed out at the Saudi regime, advising it not to resort to blaming others in a bid to justify its underhand nuclear activities.

Qaribabadi wrote on his Twitter account that it is the warmongers who exploit scapegoating and fearmongering to purse their goals, adding that the Saudis had better cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) instead of blaming others.

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir was quoted on Tuesday as saying that if Iran does not stop its nuclear program, Saudis are entitled to be equipped with nuclear weapons.

In relevant remarks last week, Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to monitor the nuclear programs of both Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Takht Ravanchi made the remarks at a virtual meeting of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday November 21 that endorsed the IAEA’s annual report.

Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi

He said it is “of utmost importance” for the IAEA to consider available information on Riyadh’s nuclear activities, adding, “If Saudi Arabia is seeking a peaceful nuclear program, it should act in a very transparent manner and allow the agency’s inspectors to verify its activities.”

Additionally, he noted, the IAEA needs to take “an unbiased and professional approach” toward Israel, which has refused to adhere to the agency’s safeguards, is not a party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons.

Referring to Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA, Takht Ravanchi said Iran alone receives 22 percent of all the agency’s inspections even during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Iran and the agency have agreed to work in good faith to resolve these safeguards-related questions,” he stressed.