Iranian nuclear chief attends 3rd EU-Iran Seminar on Int’l Nuclear Coop

November 28, The Iran Project – Heading a delegation, Vice President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi arrived in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Sunday (Nov. 25) to attend the 3rd EU-Iran Seminar on International Nuclear Cooperation.

It was the first seminar after the US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and return of the country’s unilateral sanctions against Iran.

The seminar was the result of a joint initiative of the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete and Iranian Vice‑President Ali Akbar Salehi.

Speaking during a seminar on peaceful nuclear cooperation between Iran and the European Union in Brussels on Monday (Nov. 26), Salehi condemned Washington’s efforts to prevent the implementation of Iran nuclear deal by exerting pressure on other countries to follow its sanctions plan on Tehran stressing that US unilateral exit from Iran nuclear deal is indicative of the country’s non-adherence to its international commitments.

Many independent countries view Washington’s decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal as a strange move as the UN atomic agency has confirmed Iran’s commitment to its promises under the deal in 13 separate reports, Salehi said.

Hailing the underway cooperation between Iran and the European Union on stress test in Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, the official expressed satisfaction with feasibility studies being carried out by the European Commission in Iran’s Nuclear Safety Center.

Iranian deputy foreign minister for political affairs, Abbas Araqchi, who also participated in the conference, stressed that Iran’s economic interests in the JCPOA have not been realized yet, warning that the deal has been put in a difficult situation.

At a joint news briefing, Europe’s Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete stated that “Nobody should have any doubt on the level of political ambition and determination by the member states involved, in particular France, Germany and the United Kingdom to swiftly operationalise the SPV.”

On Tuesday, EU’s Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reiterated the bloc’s resolve to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran after meeting the head of Islamic Republic’s atomic energy agency.

In a meeting in Brussels, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherin, agreed on the need for staying committed to the landmark agreement.

In an interview with Reuters ahead of a meeting with Mogherini in Brussels, Salehi warned that Tehran’s patience is running out over the failure of the European Union’s economic pledges to deliver any “tangible results.”

“If words are not turned into deeds, then … it is very ominous, the situation would be unpredictable,” Salehi told reporters at the conference.

alehi, however, said he believed the EU was “doing its best” and was on its way to delivering on its promises.

In a statement at the end of a two-day Seminar on Nuclear Cooperation on Tuesday, the both sides called for continued collaboration in the field of nuclear energy.

Addressing the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology on the Current and Emerging Development Challenges on Wednesday,  Salehi noted that “the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly believes that the status of implementation of the JCPOA is becoming a litmus test for the evaluation of the feasibility of implementation of the IAEA Statute, particularly its Articles II and III, not to name the credibility of the NPT.”

US President Donald Trump withdrew his country in May from the multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

On September 24, Iran and its five partners released a joint statement announcing the setting up of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to facilitate continued trade with Iran, bypass the US financial system, and avoid any impact of America’s secondary sanctions.