Spokesman Blasts France's Anti-Iran Nuclear Stance
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh slammed recent remarks by a French diplomat against the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear activities, and said that any stance of political officials of different countries aimed at influencing the International Atomic Energy Agency's behavior will tarnish
IAEA's technical prestige.
Khatibzadeh's remarks came on Friday in reaction to his French counterpart's allegations aimed at influencing the IAEA's behavior.
"Such baseless remarks are considered to be tarnishing the technical and professional prestige of IAEA," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said.
"As a responsible member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has always emphasized that IAEA's prestige, as a technical and specialized body of the United Nations, must be free from any politically-motivated behavior and action," he added.
Khatibzadeh pointed out that any stance taken by officials and political institutions of different countries with the aim of influencing the IAEA's behavior is considered to be tarnishing technical and professional status of IAEA.
"Undoubtedly, the trick of instrumentally use of capacity of the International Atomic Energy Agency, rather than benefiting its misusers, will question the international legitimacy of the IAEA’s actions," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman reiterated.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was unilaterally abandoned by the US in 2018 despite Iran’s full compliance with its nuclear undertakings, as repeatedly certified by the UN nuclear agency. The US then unleashed a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, which practically deprived the country of all of the deal’s economic benefits.
In relevant remarks on Thursday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani said that the success of upcoming Vienna talks between Iran and the Group 4+1 depends on the latter's firm determination and practical readiness to remove the US sanctions against Tehran.
Baqeri Kani made the remarks in a tweet after meetings with resident ambassadors in Tehran, ambassadors of the Persian Gulf states and ambassadors of Mediterranean and East European countries.
He said following those meetings, “I stated that success of the future talks depends on other side’s firm determination and practical readiness to remove sanctions,” Baqeri Kani said.
Baqeri Kani said on Monday that Tehran would participate in Vienna talks later this month with the aim of an agreement to remove all sanctions effectively.
Baqeri Kani made the remarks in a video conference with Deputy Foreign Ministers of Russia and China Sergei Ryabkov and Ma Zhaoxu.
He pointed to his recent talks with officials of France, Germany, Britain and Spain about the forthcoming talks with the Group 4+1 (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), slated to start later this month, and said, "The effective removal of the illegal US sanctions is a necessity and the main priority of the upcoming negotiations."
The Iranian chief negotiator emphasized that the removal of all sanctions, which have been imposed on Tehran in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and end to measures, which are inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231, in a verifiable way that would help Iran enjoy the economic and trade benefits of the landmark deal are "necessary conditions" for the Vienna talks to succeed.
Baqeri Kani said the three countries of Iran, China, and Russia see eye to eye on the need to promote multilateralism and counter unilateralism.
"The oppressive US sanctions against Iran are the price of (the country's) fight against unilateralism," he pointed out.
Recently, Baqeri Kani traveled to France, Germany, Britain and Spain. During his tour and on Friday, Iran's chief negotiator held talks in the Spanish capital of Madrid with EU deputy foreign policy chief, Enrique Mora, who chairs the JCPOA Joint Commission on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell.
In a post on his Twitter account last Friday, Baqeri Kani said "effective removal of unlawful sanctions and importance of assurances on non-repetition was emphasized" during his visits to France, Germany, Britain and Spain.
Envoys from Iran and the G4+1 are expected to hold the seventh round of discussions in Vienna on November 29. The negotiations were paused in June, when Iran held its presidential election. Since then, the new Iranian administration has been reviewing the details of the six rounds of discussions held under the previous administration.