Iran asks Grossi to continue independence, impartiality in IAEA

FNA – Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Kazzem Qaribabadi called on the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency to maintain independence and impartiality in the IAEA.

Qaribabadi said on Wednesday that Iran has always stressed the independence and impartiality of the entity, as it expects the approach to be preserved under any situation.

Iran’s policy and stance have always been based on the principles, he said, noting that observing the same by the IAEA will receive positive and interactive approach from Tehran.

Since the IAEA is tasked with monitoring and verifying Iran’s JCPOA commitments, the new director-general should like its predecessor fulfill his role in preserving JCPOA properly, Qaribabadi said.

The IAEA’s Board of Governors selected Argentina’s Permanent Representative Rafael Grossi to be the next director general, months after former IAEA director general Yukiya Amano passed away.

Grossi, 58, has secured the necessary two-thirds in a vote by the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors to become its next director general, and is expected to assume office no later than 1 January 2020.

The Argentinian diplomat has been elected the new director general of the IAEA beating out the IAEA’s acting Director-General Cornel Feruta and Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation Lassina Zerbo.

In late July, Amano passed away, necessitating the election of a new head for the organization.