Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief Mohammad Eslami slapped down an International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors resolution censuring Tehran over the Islamic Republic’s alleged failure to cooperate.
The USA on one side and Iran and other remaining signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear treaty on the other spent more than a year and a half negotiating the restoration of the landmark deal.
Last month, a senior US official said Washington wasn’t going to waste time on negotiations anymore? Iran stressed that the censure will not help the other parties solve the existing issues.
It appears that the E3 [JCPOA parties Britain, France and Germany] and the USA are used to using various methods of pressure, including the issuance of resolutions and the imposition of sanctions, and it is clear that such steps will not be effective.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian echoed the nuclear chief’s sentiments, promising to take reciprocal and effective measures, while abiding by international law and our commitments.
Eslami said Iran would continue to pursue its peaceful nuclear activities in accordance with the Strategic Plan passed by Iran’s parliament in late 2020.
The strategic plan gave the go-ahead for accelerating the nation’s uranium enrichment activities following Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, and the E3’s failure to find a workaround to crushing US sanctions.
The IAEA Board of Governors issued a resolution charging Iran with failing to cooperate with the nuclear watchdog regarding traces of uranium said to have been found at three so-called undeclared nuclear sites?
Tehran has dismissed these concerns as an attempt by the West to create a storm in a teacup, and assured that it had already provided reasonable answers to the IAEA’s inquiries.
Tehran has also stressed that all of its nuclear materials have been accounted for, making the issue a moot point.
The USA, Britain, France, and Germany put forward Thursday’s resolution. Russia and China voted against it.
Iran-US tensions have also been ratcheted up by Washington’s decision to join Israeli-led drills simulating attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Tel Aviv, Tehran’s regional arch-enemy, has repeatedly warned that it would not be bound by any renewed Iran nuclear agreement, and spent years lobbying Washington to scrap the deal.
The country set aside a special $1.5 billion budget within its military spending in 2021 to train for strikes on Iran.
Tehran has stressed repeatedly that it has no intention to pursue nuclear weapons, and has submitted its nuclear facilities to a stringent IAEA inspections regime.
The Islamic Republic has also complained about the West’s very shameful double standard for focusing on its non-existent nuclear ambitions, while Israel, the only nation in the Middle East suspected to already possess nuclear weapons, has not been subjected to any restrictions or sanctions from Washington or the Europeans?
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III Nuclear Weapons Blog News 2022.