Iran FM: IAEA’s politicized resolution on Iran's peaceful nuclear program ‘unconstructive’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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Iran’s foreign minister has criticized a recent resolution adopted by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the country’s nuclear program as politicized and unconstructive.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a Thursday phone call with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during which the two sides discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments.

Explaining on the situation of negotiations between Iran and the remaining members of the 2015 deal in the Austrian capital, Iran’s top diplomat said the recent anti-Iran resolution adopted by the IAEA’s Board of Governors was politicized and “unconstructive.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to achieve a lasting agreement with goodwill and seriousness and while taking the interests of the Iranian nation into account,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

The anti-Iran resolution, proposed by the US, Germany, France and Britain, was approved by the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors on June 8, with 30 votes in favor, two against and three abstentions, accusing Iran of not cooperating with the (IAEA).

In reaction, Iran switched off a number of IAEA’s surveillance cameras, which it had voluntarily allowed in a "goodwill gesture."

Reacting to the resolution, Iran’s nuclear chief slammed the IAEA for politicizing the country’s peaceful nuclear program under the Israeli regime’s pressure regardless of Tehran's extensive cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

Mohammad Eslami said Iran did not expect at all that such a resolution would be passed under the influence and political pressure of the Israeli regime.

He also expressed hope that the UN nuclear watchdog would be released from the “Zionists’ captivity” so that the international prestige of the IAEA and its director general would not be undermined further more.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian thanked his Chinese counterpart for inviting Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi to attend the ongoing meeting of the member states of the BRICS group of nations, expressing hope that China’s chairmanship of the group would pave the way for the expansion of multilateral cooperation among its members.

Wang Yi, for his part, said China rejects unilateralism in international relations, noting that comprehensive strategic partnership with Iran would be useful for the expansion of relations between the two countries.

He also supported continuation of the Vienna talks, expressing hope that the path of diplomacy would lead to a final agreement in the Vienna talks.


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