Mar 06, 2021 19:19 UTC
  • E3 gives itself opportunity to fulfill obligations by dropping anti-Iran resolution at IAEA: Envoy

Iran’s ambassador to international organizations in Vienna says the three European signatories to a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement gave themselves not Tehran another chance to live up to their obligations by dropping their previous decision to adopt a resolution against the Islamic Republic at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors. 

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Kazem Gharibabadi dismissed the claim by the three European parties -- Britain, France and Germany -- to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that their decision to pause the submission of the resolution critical of Iran at the IAEA was a chance for Iran and the IAEA to continue their work on some issues.

"I must say that the three countries have in fact given themselves another opportunity to fulfill their obligations in the light of inaction and non-compliance with their commitments under the JCPOA, on the one hand, and not destroy the atmosphere of diplomacy and cooperation between Iran and the agency on the other," the Iranian diplomat added.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Thursday that the trio backed off from the idea of a resolution criticizing Iran for its decision to start reducing its commitments under the JCPOA after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord and re-imposed the “toughest ever” sanctions on Tehran.

Khatibzadeh’s remarks came after a US-backed draft resolution that voiced “serious concern” about Iran’s reduced cooperation with the IAEA was scrapped in a bid to make room for diplomacy. Britain, France and Germany had lobbied for the IAEA Board of Governors to adopt the resolution, but they were faced with a strong backlash from Iran.

On February 23, Iran halted its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol that allowed the IAEA to carry out short-notice inspections at its nuclear facilities.

Later, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi visited Tehran to discuss the issue. During his visit, Tehran and the IAEA reached a technical understanding that was embraced by both sides.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Gharibabadi said the halt of the resolution process was an outcome of active diplomacy and resistance as well as the significant progress made in the nuclear field in the light of the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, a law passed last December by the Iranian Parliament requiring the administration to tighten its retaliatory measures.

"Therefore, we warn the sponsors of any resolution against Iran at any stage and any time that if they want to resume the path of confrontation, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to give a strong response and reaction, especially in the field of nuclear technology," he emphasized.