Zarif: IAEA’s verification counters Israel, US lies

Press TV – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United Nations nuclear watchdog’s verification for the 14th time of Iran’s continued commitment to its nuclear deal with world countries flies in the face of Israeli and American “lies.”

“Contrasting the constant lies that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, [US President Donald] Trump and Associates tell about Iran, the IAEA once again—and for the umpteenth time—affirms our standing by our word and adhering to the nuclear accord,” Zarif tweeted on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) once again reaffirmed Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the 2015 agreement. “Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna, referring to the accord by its official name.

The accord was clinched in the Austrian capital between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries — the United States, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany. It lifted nuclear-related sanctions against Iran, which, in turn, changed certain aspects of its nuclear energy program.

However, US President Donald Trump took Washington out of the landmark agreement in May, reinstating the sanctions.

Zarif also reminded that the US had “illegally violated” the deal.

The withdrawal came although the agreement has been ratified in the form of a UN Security Council resolution. Its unilateral character also overrode the deal’s multilateral nature.

Amano further said that the IAEA would continue to verify the “non-diversion of nuclear material” declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement.

However, Washington and Tel Aviv have been continually accusing Tehran’s nuclear program of harboring a military aspect.

Netanyahu, who has turned numerous public appearances into dramatic speeches targeting Iran, went live on television last April, putting on display what he claimed to be records from a secret warehouse in Tehran. He claimed Israeli agents had managed to break into the warehouse in an overnight raid and bring back “half a ton of the material” consisting of 55,000 pages and another 55,000 files on 183 CDs.

The Israel premier’s vaudeville — which came only days before the US announced its withdrawal from the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran — was meant to persuade the world that Iran had been lying about its nuclear program, without providing even a single piece of evidence.
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Besides constantly ruling out diversion of Iran’s nuclear activities towards military purposes, the IAEA’s Board of Governors voted overwhelmingly in December 2015, months after a nuclear deal was signed, in favor of a resolution that closed the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) case in the nuclear program.

“Our patience, however, is running thin,” Zarif, meanwhile, concluded, apparently echoing Iranian officials’ warnings that the country would only remain in the nuclear deal as long as it secures its interests.