FM: Iran Considers Political Meddling in IAEA's Affairs as Unconstructive
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined his country's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, saying that any political interference in the IAEA's technical affairs is unconstructive.
"The process of technical cooperation between the AEOI with the IAEA and the repeated confirmation by the IAEA of the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program cannot be reversed at once by a hasty political comment," Amir Abdollahian said in a phone conversation with his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday.
"During Grossi's recent visit to Tehran, we reached a mutually agreeable agreement with a positive trend," he said, adding that Iran considers political interference in the Agency's technical affairs completely unconstructive.
Turning to the Vienna talks, the Iranian foreign minister stressed Iran's seriousness in reaching a good and stable deal, saying that the deal is in reach if all parties adhere to diplomacy and commitment to realism.
Referring to the appointment of the Iranian ambassador to Singapore, he assessed the relations between the two countries as positive.
Amir Abdollahian stressed Iran's readiness to develop relations with Singapore.
He also referred to the Ukraine crisis, and once again called diplomacy and dialogue a suitable solution to end the crisis.
Balakrishnan, for his part, called on expanding Iran-Singapore's ties in all areas, especially in areas of common interests.
He also invited Amir Abdollahian to visit his country, and called relations between the two countries important.
The US, France, Britain, and Germany are now reportedly pushing the UN nuclear watchdog’s Board of Governors to rebuke Iran for failing to answer key questions on so-called uranium traces, shifting the blame on Tehran amid their failure to honor commitments.
The IAEA board “calls upon Iran to act on an urgent basis to fulfill its legal obligations and take up immediately the [IAEA] director general’s offer of further engagement to clarify and resolve all outstanding safeguards issues”, said a draft text sent to IAEA member states and seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
The IAEA claimed in a report on Monday that Iran had not provided explanations in relation to the long-standing questions about the origin of alleged uranium particles at three sites.
France’s deputy foreign ministry spokesman, Francois Delmas, said the following day that Paris was “deeply concerned” by the report, urging Iran to “respond without delay to the questions and needs of the IAEA under its safeguards agreement.”
“Despite the involvement of the director general and the repeated opportunities Iran has had in the course of nearly three years to shed light on the undeclared presence of nuclear materials at undeclared sites, the agency believes it is still unable to clarify these matters.”
In response, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said such “hasty comments” which totally disregard Iran’s constructive technical collaborations with the IAEA are “meddlesome” and “worthless”.
He further said Tehran advises Paris to avoid taking meddlesome stances that would derail the Iran-IAEA cooperation from its correct path.
Instead, the Iranian diplomat went on to say, Paris needs to “fulfill its own safeguards obligations with regard to nuclear disarmament and also hold the Israeli apartheid regime, which has hundreds of nuclear warheads, to account”.
The spokesman also suggested that Israel might be behind the well-recognized psychological warfare waged against the Islamic Republic through such remarks.
The IAEA meeting comes as a pause in the marathon negotiations to revive the 2015 Iran deal enters its third month, with prospects described by Washington as “tenuous at best” while Iran blames the US and its three European allies – France, Britain, and Germany – for failing to act constructively.
Under the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran accepted certain caps on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
The US, however, unilaterally abandoned the deal in 2018 and re-imposed crippling sanctions despite Tehran’s full compliance with its share of obligations.