AEOI Chief: Western Propaganda against Iran's N. Program Part of Maximum Pressure Policy
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami said that heightened propaganda against Iran's peaceful nuclear program, including the recent resolution at the UN nuclear watchdog, is part of the western states' maximum pressure policy against the Iranian nation.
Iran has 3 percent of the world's nuclear capacity, but more than 25 percent of inspections have been carried out in Iran, Eslami told Tasnim news agency.
He pointed to the propaganda made against Iran's nuclear program by certain countries, saying that the actions are in line with the policy of psychological and political pressure, as well as maximum pressure against the Iranian nation.
Eslami referred to the recent resolution proposed by the US and E3 to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, saying that it was the last test by the enemies.
"We have responded to them in a completely legal manner, and if they want to abide by the treaty, whatever is agreed there can be implemented as neither one more word nor one less word."
In relevant remarks earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the recent resolution approved by the UN nuclear watchdog against Tehran was a US plot to force Tehran to make concessions in the Vienna talks.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussain during which they discussed bilateral and regional issues and talks on lifting sanctions.
He referred to the Vienna talks on removal of sanctions, saying, "While exchanging messages between the United States and Iran through the EU envoy was underway, the White House suddenly came up with the idea of issuing a resolution at the IAEA."
According to him, the Americans drafted the resolution at the IAEA Board of Governors to achieve political goals at the negotiating table.
Tehran has always called on the West to pursue diplomacy, Amir Abdollahian said, adding that in recent days leading to the meeting of the IAEA BoG, Iran, as an initiative measure, proposed a political plan to continue the talks until reaching a final agreement.
"Iran believes that diplomacy is the best way to reach a good, strong, and lasting agreement, but in the face of bullying, we will give an authoritative response," he asserted.
The US, France, Britain, and Germany spearheaded a resolution at the IAEA’s Board of Governors on Wednesday, which accused Iran of not cooperating with the UN nuclear watchdog.
Iran has denounced the resolution and blamed the US and its three European allies for the crisis created over its nuclear program, which was under an unprecedented level of inspections before Washington withdrew from the JCPOA.
The resolution was passed only few days after the IAEA’s chief Rafael Grossi traveled to Israel and met the regime’s hawkish Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Iran had previously warned that Grossi's visit to Israel ahead of the meeting of the Board of Governors was in contradiction with the agency’s principles of observing impartiality and maintaining its technical and professional status.
Earlier this week, Amir Abdollahian criticized the Western-drafted resolution passed against Tehran’s nuclear program, saying the Islamic Republic still insists on reaching a “good, strong and lasting” deal with the G4+1 group of countries.