IAEA chief implementing US diktats, Americans exploiting nuclear watchdog to pressure Iran: Advisor
An advisor to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team called Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi a subservient to Washington, saying he implements what the US administration dictates him.
Mohammad Marandi made the remarks in an interview with Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network.
“Iran is ready to cooperate with the IAEA, knowing that its (the Agency's) latest inquiries were not serious,” Marandi said.
He went on to note that “Americans are exploiting the agency to pressure Iran. They want to keep some vague clauses in order to evade an agreement” on the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran wants "guarantees" before signing a new agreement, the Iranian political analyst said, stressing that “Americans and Europeans are in a very difficult position that does not allow them to increase the pressure on Iran.”
Marandi also pointed to Europe's energy crisis as a result of Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its military campaign in Ukraine, saying that “Gas is of paramount importance at the present time, and Americans and Europeans are aware of the matter.”
The constantly worsening energy crisis could shatter solidarity within the European Union and lead to social turmoil, according to the executive director of the International Energy Agency Fatih Birol.
As concerns over energy shortages keep mounting, he said, the EU member states could restrict trade or stop cooperation with neighboring countries.
This will cause an extremely negative impact in terms of energy and economy and politics, Birol noted.
Elsewhere in his interview, Marandi commented on desecration of Islamic sanctities and acts of vandalism by rioters in the past few days, as protests have erupted in several Iranian cities over the death of a young woman.
“A huge propaganda campaign is in full effect by Persian-language media outlets against the Iranian government. A troll army and Western-backed media have waged a war against Iran,” he stated.