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President Raeisi decries IAEA probe, US lack of good faith

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)
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi is seen at a meeting of American senior media executives in the US city of New York on September 22, 2022. (Photo by

Iran's President Raeisi has called for the closure of all investigations by the UN’s nuclear agency in order to reach a sustainable nuclear deal. 

In a press conference after addressing the UN General Assembly Thursday, Raeisi said the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful.

He said the agency has been inspecting Iran’s facilities for many years and its cameras are still rolling.

Raeisi also said the only side that has stayed true to the 2015 agreement has been Iran. He said any deal on the JCPOA that does not resolve the safeguards issues will not last.

The president further said the US administration’s new sanctions on the Islamic Republic show its lack of sincerity in reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“If the Americans are telling the truth and are honest, they should fulfill their JCPOA-related obligations,” Raeisi said. 

“Not only did they not remove the sanctions against Iran, but also imposed new sanctions on Iran during the negotiations. Good faith cannot be accepted by mere words and claims and must be proven in action.”

Raeisi stressed that "achieving a logical and fair agreement depends on providing reliable and reassuring guarantees, closing the case of safeguard issues and permanent removal of sanctions."

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