Nov 26, 2021 08:08 UTC
  • A number of new generation Iranian centrifuges are seen on display during Iran\'s National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran on April 10, 2021.
    A number of new generation Iranian centrifuges are seen on display during Iran\'s National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran on April 10, 2021.

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has said Tehran does not need permission from anyone when it comes to producing advanced centrifuges as he lamented that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is under the influence of the US and its Western allies.

“At the Karaj nuclear facility, we don’t have nuclear material, and that’s why the site is not subject to the Safeguard Agreement. We produce centrifuges there. They say Iran is producing advanced centrifuges in the Karaj facility. Yes, we do not shy away from this fact,” Behrouz Kamalvandi said in an interview with Iran’s state TV on Thursday.

“Thank God, we are able to produce such centrifuges at a high capacity, and we do not get permission from anyone for this,” he said, explaining that Iran is entitled to produce advanced centrifuges without having to endure any limits under Article 4 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Kamalvandi also criticized the IAEA over its prejudiced approach toward Iran’s civilian nuclear –program, saying the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog is under the influence of major world powers.

Kamalvandi made the remarks days after Rafael Grossi director general of the IAEA visited Tehran in the wake of November 29 Vienna talks aimed at removing US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran and the UN nuclear agency reached an agreement in principle to resolve their outstanding issues during Grossi's visit.

During the two-day visit, Grossi also said he sought common grounds to deepen mutual cooperation between the UN nuclear agency and Iran as he descibed the Tehran talks as “very constructive”. 

In recent days, as the world awaits a new round of talks aimed at removing US sanctions and reviving the JCPOA, Iran has called on the IAEA to refrain from politicizing technical matters that could be resolved otherwise.

“It is a fact that the IAEA has not treated Iran as it should have,” Kamalvandi said. “We have been constantly pointed this out and issued warnings.”

Nevertheless, he continued, Iran has continued to strive in order to secure its rights and nullify the world powers’ plots to establish the accusation that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.

“Of course, they ultimately want to say, ‘Because Iran is looking for a nuclear weapon, it must not acquire a nuclear weapon,’” he said, adding that Tehran, despite knowing that the IAEA is under the influence of big powers, will not stop its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

US threatens to ramp up pressure on Iran via IAEA

In an escalation just a few days before the resumption of the Vienna talks, the US threatened on Thursday to confront Iran at the IAEA next month if it does not cooperate more with the watchdog.

 “If Iran’s non-cooperation is not immediately remedied ... the Board will have no choice but to reconvene in extraordinary session before the end of this year in order to address the crisis,” US Chargé d’Affaires in Vienna Louis Bono said at an IAEA Board of Governors meeting.

Bono claimed that “Iran has still not provided the necessary cooperation, even after extensive attempts by the [IAEA] director general to develop a constructive relationship with Iran’s new leadership.”

He said the US was “deeply disappointed that Iran refused to take the opportunity presented by [Rafael Grossi’s] visit to make progress on the long list of urgent outstanding issues before the Agency.”

In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Tuesday, Grossi said Israel and other countries that have not signed the NPT should do so, but steered clear of criticizing the Tel Aviv regime over its secretive nuclear weapons program, which observers believe is the real problem facing the region and the world.