Anti-Iran resolution dropped at IAEA, Iran calls on nuclear deal parties to ensure JCPOA full implementation
Foreign Ministry spokesman said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has dropped its previous decision to adopt an anti-Iran resolution over the country’s reduction of commitments under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord and re-imposed the “toughest ever” sanctions on Tehran.
“The draft resolution was dropped due to extensive diplomatic efforts in Tehran, Vienna and the capitals of all members of the [IAEA] Board of Governors, particularly the three European countries, and through the cooperation of China and Russia,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Thursday.
Khatibzadeh expressed hope that the development would keep open the path of diplomacy initiated by Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency and prepare the ground for the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Iran nuclear agreement – by all parties to the deal.
“Iran hopes that the participant parties to the JCPOA would be able to seize this opportunity and guarantee the full implementation of the JCPOA by all sides through serious cooperation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Iran’s ambassador to international organizations in Vienna said in response to the Thursday development that wisdom ultimately prevailed at the IAEA Board of Governors.
“As a result of extensive diplomatic efforts, the process of adopting an anti-Iran resolution at the Board of Governors was halted,” Kazem Gharibabadi told reporters.
He criticized the bad-faith actions of certain countries and their efforts to exploit the IAEA for bargaining purposes, but welcomed the vigilance and tactfulness shown by members of the IAEA, especially the Board of Governors and the watchdog’s director general, to prevent unnecessary tensions and preserve the available opportunities for diplomacy.
Iran’s ambassador then enumerated four reasons why the European countries gave up the resolution.
“The first reason was unwillingness of the Board of Governors’ members to adopt this resolution as they considered it to be counterproductive under the current conditions. The second reason was the concern on the part of the three European countries about Iran’s possible reaction to the adoption of the resolution. The third reason was lack of technical justification for this resolution after the director general’s remarks about the need to continue talks with Iran. And the fourth reason was concern about serious backlash that the resolution could have produced as a result of undermining the ground for further cooperation.”
Gharibabadi also thanked China and Russia for their principled stances on the resolution, urging the three European countries and the United States to take advantage of the existing diplomatic opportunities to return to effective and complete fulfillment of their commitments under the JCPOA and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.
“Iran will answer good will with good will,” the ambassador said.