Iran Cautions IAEA against US Influence

Iran Cautions IAEA against US Influence

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Stressing the need for the UN nuclear agency to adopt impartial and professional stances, the Iranian foreign minister urged that the course of cooperation between Tehran and the IAEA should not be undermined by the US’ unstable and contradictory conducts.

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi, who is in Iran to participate in the 30th national nuclear conference of the country as well as the first International Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology, met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in Tehran on Monday.

Amirabdollahian said the IAEA chief’s visit to Iran comes at the right time, particularly given the complicated and sensitive situation in the region.

Highlighting the important role of the IAEA, the Iranian foreign minister said Grossi’s impartial and professional positions, in addition to effective assistance in cooperation between Iran and the agency, will be effective in restoring stability and security to the region.

The top Iranian diplomat then described the threats from the Zionist authorities to use nuclear bombs as a clear threat to regional and international peace and security, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported. He stressed the very important role of the IAEA to respond to such dangerous statements by the authorities of a regime that possesses an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

He then highlighted the history of the US’ non-compliance with the previous agreements on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, saying cooperation between Iran and the IAEA should not be influenced by the unstable and contradictory policy and behavior of Washington. 

Amirabdollahian urged that this cooperation should continue in the right direction, and at the same time, the two sides should feel that this cooperation results in a breakthrough.

For his part, Grossi highlighted Iran’s important role in restoring stability and security to the region, praising Iran’s policy to recognize and strengthen the reassuring cooperation with the IAEA.

Grossi underscored that bolstering cooperation between Iran and the IAEA will lead to the failure of those who are seeking to escalate the conflict, tension and confrontation in the region with any justification and excuse. 

Referring to his previous successful trip to Tehran and reaching an agreement with Iran, the IAEA chief expressed hope that good agreements will be made during this visit in order to strengthen cooperation between the two sides.

Grossi further stressed the importance of consultations between Iran and the agency to reach an understanding for the purpose of resolving all issues.

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