Iran nuclear chief blasts IAEA, says UN agency taken captive, exploited by Zionists
Iran’s nuclear chief says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been taken captive by the Israeli regime and is being exploited following the anti-Tehran resolution at the Agency’s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna this week.
According to Press TV, Mohammad Eslami, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), made the remarks in an interview with state television on Thursday while commenting on Iran's cooperation with the IAEA and the resolution adopted at the 35-nation Board of Governors meeting.
“It is regrettable that an international institution has been exploited by an illegitimate regime and its reputation has been questioned,” Eslami said, referring to the Tel Aviv regime's influence on the UN nuclear agency.
Iran's nuclear agency chief said his country moved beyond its obligations within the framework of the 2015 nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — to show its goodwill, but the move was not reciprocated by the UN agency.
“Why did we accept [those commitments] and restrict ourselves? Only to ward off the accusations [against us], but our good faith and optimism have not been taken into consideration," he maintained.
Eslami further said that Iran has started installing new centrifuge machines at its nuclear facilities, and is not involved in any adventurous moves.
“Tehran has for the first time submitted its Country Programme Framework (CPF) to the IAEA,” Iran’s nuclear chief said.
“According to the agency's charter, the UN nuclear agency is now obliged to provide Iran with technical and educational support but the agency and other international institutions have been taken captive by the Zionists.”
CPF is a frame of reference for the medium-term planning of technical cooperation between a member state and the IAEA and identifies priority areas where the transfer of nuclear technology and technical cooperation resources will be directed to support national development goals.
Stressing that Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities will continue in a technical manner and under the IAEA’s regulations, Eslami said Iran will only accept the agency’s representatives to monitor its activities within the framework of the stated regulations.
Eslami emphasized that Iran cannot put its trust in the US and Europe forever, but would fulfill its JCPOA obligations once the US returns to the deal which it unilaterally abandoned in May 2018.
The anti-Iran resolution, drafted by the US, Germany, France, and Britain, was adopted by late Wednesday with 30 votes in favor, two against, and three abstentions.