Mar 03, 2021 17:28 UTC
  • Any IAEA resolution to impact cooperation with UN nuclear agency: Senior Iranian official

A senior Iranian official has warned about the ramifications of a possible resolution by the UN nuclear watchdog’s board against the country, saying the adoption of the draft text will adversely affect Tehran’s cooperation with the agency.

“The resolution, which they say has undergone certain revisions over the past few days, shows, in our view, an unconstructive stance and has a negative effect on negotiations about the JCPOA (the 2015 Iran nuclear deal) and Iran's view of and cooperation with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency),” the Iranian president's chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, told reporters on the sidelines of a weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday.  

“This is not a friendly approach and needs to be rectified before it is too late,” he added. 

President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called on the parties to the nuclear agreement not to miss the remaining chances to revive it, warning that any “unconstructive” move at the UN nuclear watchdog’s upcoming board meeting will complicate the stalemate surrounding the accord.

“Any unconstructive move or stance at the [IAEA] Board of Governors can lead to new challenges and complicate the existing situation,” Rouhani said in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also warned against a likely anti-Iran resolution by the IAEA Board of Governors, saying the Islamic Republic has some options to take in case “reason does not prevail” on the other side.

“We have provided the necessary explanations about these conditions to all members of the Board of Governors. We hope that reason will prevail, and if that does not happen, we have options to take,” Zarif said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on Monday.

Russia, another party to the JCPOA, has also warned about the adoption of such a resolution.

In a series of posts published on his Twitter page on Wednesday, Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said that the UN nuclear agency’s board faces a “great challenge” at the upcoming session on the Iranian nuclear program and said any hostile move by the IAEA’s Board of Governors against Iran would undermine prospects for the restoration of the JCPOA.