TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s envoy to international organizations in Vienna highlighted the country’s strong response to the allegations that Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates made against Tehran in the most recent session of the IAEA’s Board of Governors.
In comments on Wednesday, Iran’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Kazem Gharibabadi, said the country’s delegation in a recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors rejected the allegations that representative of the Zionist regime made against Iran.
Iran underlined in the gathering that the futile Israeli attempts against Tehran could not hide the Zionist regime’s dark and shameful record of non-compliance with the international regulations in the fields of nuclear non-proliferation and denuclearization, he added.
Gharibabadi also noted that representatives of Saudi Arabia and the UAE also tried to divert the theme of the meeting by raising concerns about Iran’s missile program or regional power, saying those two Arab states were clearly isolated in the conference.
“We asserted in response to those claims (by Saudis and Emiratis) that according to reports from some US Congress members, the Saudi efforts to achieve nuclear weapons and denying the (UN nuclear) agency inspectors’ access to a reactor under construction in that country is a source of serious concern,” he added.
Iran has called on the IAEA to ban the sale of nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia for the construction of possible power plants, unless the kingdom is legally subject to IAEA safeguards, the envoy added.
In its latest quarterly report on May 31, the IAEA confirmed that Iran has stayed within the main restrictions of the 2015 nuclear deal and was abiding by the main terms of the agreement, including the most sensitive issues of its stockpile of enriched uranium and level of enrichment.
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the JCPOA, reached in July 2015 between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
On the first anniversary of the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Iran announced that it would suspend the implementation of some of its commitments under the deal, announcing that it would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for the five remaining parties to the deal to take practical measures towards ensuring its interests in the face of the American sanctions.