9/8/2021 9:09:48 AM
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Iran's representative to the international organizations in Vienna has called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to maintain its impartiality and professionalism towards Tehran’s nuclear activities.
Kazem Gharibabadi made the call late on Tuesday after the IAEA’s chief, Rafael Grossi, claimed in a report that Iran is blocking access to some of its nuclear sites and continues to boost its stocks of uranium enriched above the percentage allowed in the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Gharibabadi stressed that all of Iran's nuclear activities, including enrichment, are in full compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the country’s commitments under the JCPOA and safeguards agreement.
“Since the other parties to the JCPOA have not fulfilled their obligations in lifting sanctions and the US policy of imposing illegal and unilateral sanctions on Tehran still goes on, no one can pressure Iran to halt its nuclear activities,” the Iranian diplomat said.
“The IAEA must maintain its independence, impartiality and professionalism, and the IAEA members must seriously refrain from putting pressure on the agency and trying to use it as a tool for their own political purposes,” Gharibabadi noted.
The Iranian envoy also criticized the IAEA’s nuclear data recording of the country, saying the monitoring agreement between Iran and the agency was signed for a three-month period and was solely a political decision.
Gharibabadi underlined that the data recording agreement should be considered neither as an IAEA’s right nor Iran’s obligation.