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'Unconstructive’ statement at IAEA BoG meet will be 'futile', warns Iran

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)
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (Photo by IRNA)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says any "unconstructive statement" at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors (BoG) meeting will be "futile", as he reaffirms Tehran's willingness to reach a good agreement in Vienna talks. 

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi on Wednesday afternoon.

The top Iranian diplomat underscored that the key to reaching an agreement on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and removal of sanctions is for the US to focus on "realism" and demonstrate the necessary willpower.

Amir-Abdollahian also stressed that any possible statement against Tehran at the IAEA's 35-nation BoJ meeting will be “unconstructive” and “unproductive.”

He reaffirmed Iran’s willingness and good faith to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement in the talks underway in Vienna since April last year.

Busaidi, for his part, emphasized the importance of reaching an agreement and the return of all sides to their commitments under the deal.

He stressed the necessity of efforts aimed at achieving positive results following marathon negotiations in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

In a report on Tuesday, the Reuters news agency said Western powers were lobbying other states on the IAEA board to "jointly pressure Iran to give the agency the answers it has long sought on uranium traces found at three undeclared sites".

"We call upon Iran to act immediately to fulfill its legal obligations and, without delay, take up the (IAEA) Director General's offer of further engagement to clarify and resolve all outstanding safeguards issues," the report stated, referring to the IAEA investigation.

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi slammed the IAEA for renewing claims about “undeclared” nuclear sites in Iran, saying Tehran has already had “maximum cooperation” with the UN nuclear watchdog to help resolve the situation.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has been fully cooperative regarding the three alleged sites brought up by the Agency and has sent information and answers to the IAEA’s questions and has also held meetings to resolve the ambiguity,” Kamalvandi said on Tuesday.

He was reacting to comments made by Grossi a day earlier, the first day of a quarterly meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors.

Grossi, repeating false allegations against Iran, said, “This issue is very straightforward…We found [in inspections after 2018] traces of uranium in places that were never declared [as nuclear-related sites]…We are asking questions.”

“Frankly, the information gap is bigger and bigger and bigger,” he said. “Unfortunately, since my previous report, despite the Agency’s stated readiness to engage with Iran without delay to resolve these issues, Iran has not engaged with the Agency.”

On June 8, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution drafted by the United States and the three European parties to the 2015 Iran deal – Britain, France, and Germany – which accused Iran of not cooperating with the UN nuclear watchdog.

The trigger for the resolution was a report issued by the IAEA after Grossi made a controversial visit to Israel and met the regime’s authorities a month earlier.

Iran has accused the UN agency of acting under the influence of the Israeli regime, while turning a blind eye to the regime's massive nuclear arsenal.

The accusations leveled by the agency against Iran are primarily based on documents supplied by Israel, which Tehran has rejected as fake and fabricated provided by members of the anti-Iran terrorist group, Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO).

The following day, Iran announced it had begun injecting uranium gas into advanced centrifuges and disconnected some of the UN nuclear agency’s cameras monitoring its sites outside the Safeguards Agreement.

“We have terminated the operations of a number of the agency’s cameras functioning outside the Safeguards [Agreements], and tomorrow we will terminate the operations of the rest, which are 17 to 18 in total,” Mohammad Eslami, the head of the AEOI, declared.

Meanwhile, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations said in a tweet on Wednesday that "the discussion of verification and monitoring in #Iran at the current session of the #IAEA Board of Governors is over."

"No resolution or decision of the Board in this regard. Just exchange of views," he added. 

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