Iran Urges IAEA to Abandon Politicized Attitude
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian once again reaffirmed his country's determination to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, and further called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to act as a professional body and refrain from adopting a political approach.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at UN Headquarters in New York on Sunday, announcing Iran’s preparedness to return to full compliance with its commitments to the landmark agreement if the other parties to the US-abandoned accord are also ready to do so.
The Iranian diplomat stated that the exchange of messages continues with the US and the initiative by the Sultan of Oman is still on the table.
"If the other parties are ready, we are serious about returning to the JCPOA so that all sides return to their obligations within the framework of Oman’s initiative,” he stressed, referring to the accord by the acronym of its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Touching on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear activities, Amir Abdollahian asserted that atomic bombs have no place in Iran’s defense doctrine.
“Whenever the IAEA operates within a technical framework, things move in the right direction. However, things go awry whenever others prioritize their own political agendas over the nuclearr agency’s professional affairs,” he continued.
Iran has always had full cooperation with the IAEA and allowed it to visit the country’s nuclear sites and proved the peaceful nature of its nuclear program to the world by signing the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers. However, Washington’s exit in May 2018 and its subsequent re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran left the future of the agreement in limbo.
Iranian officials have repeatedly called on Director general of the IAEA Rafael Grossi to stop Israeli-influenced attitude, and emphasized that Tehran would never surrender to the political behavior of the UN nuclear watchdog that is affected by the Zionist pressures.
Tehran calls the nuclear agency's approach unconstructive and destructive and urges the watchdog to avoid politicizing the issue and focus on technical aspects in line with the organization’s mandate.
Iran also rejects all accusations levelled by the West over the existence of undeclared nuclear activities or material in Iran, describing the move by the US and its European allies as a propaganda campaign against the country's nuclear program.
Tehran has on many occasions voiced its readiness to resolve differences with the UN nuclear body within a framework of constructive and mutual interaction and technical collaboration.
Back in early February, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami said that the IAEA has conducted nearly 2,000 inspections of the country's nuclear facilities only in the last two years.
Eslami stated that claims that Iran has reduced its obligations are pointless when it comes to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (NPT) as Tehran is committed to the non-proliferation regime. He added that Tehran has no unfulfilled obligations in this regard.
The AEOI chief has described such allegations as part of a psychological warfare against Iran.
"The nuclear agency has carried out around two-thousand inspections [of countries’ nuclear facilities] between 2020 and 2022, and over these three years, five hundred inspections -- that is one-quarter of all inspections -- were conducted in Iran," the nuclear chief stressed.
Officials in Tehran say the West is waging a psychological warfare operation by accusing Iran of failing to honor its commitments under the nuclear deal, while the fact remains that Tehran met all its commitments under the agreement.
They have stressed that Iran is committed to its obligations under the agreement and as the signatory of the NPT, which is evident from numerous inspections of its nuclear facilities by the UN agency inspectors.