Envoy: US frustrated over Iran-IAEA agreement

FNA – Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Bayeedinejad said the recent agreement between his country and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has disappointed the US, adding that Washington can no more take Iran’s nuclear issue to the UN Security Council.

“The IAEA’s admitting that its request for access to Iran’s facilities should be based on its independent analysis and by providing the requested access, the IAEA would have no other question or request for another access to places except those mentioned, made the US disappointed with regard to taking the issue of Iran’s safeguards to the UN Security Council,” Bayeedinejad wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a joint statement on Wednesday on nuclear cooperation at the end of the agency’s chief Rafael Mariano Grossi’s trip to Iran.

Grossi, heading a delegation, arrived in Tehran on Monday night.

He held talks with Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani.

In relevant remarks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif once again stressed his country’s full transparency in terms of nuclear activities, adding that over 92 percent of the IAEA’s total inspections in the world are conducted in Iran.

“Iran has been fully transparent: over 92 percent of IAEA total comparable global inspections were carried out in Iran,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“Some are intent to torpedo transparency thru pressure to reopen closed matters. We want normal relations w/ IAEA,” he added.

Zarif met and held talks with Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon.

During the meeting, Zarif emphasized that IAEA should act professionally and impartially in its interactions.

In relevant remarks, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi described his Tuesday talks with Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi as “constructive”, stressing that Tehran will not act beyond undertakings.

Salehi made the remarks in a joint press conference with Grossi after holding negotiations with him in Tehran on Tuesday.

“Iran has well shown that it does not accept demands beyond its undertakings. We act based on our undertakings and the Agency acts within the framework of the agreements with Iran,” Salehi said.

He appreciated Grossi and the IAEA for cooperation with a spirit of understanding, and said, “Good agreements were made between the two sides and a statement is due to be issued and both sides are working on it.”

Salehi underlined the need for the IAEA to act based on principles of independence and professionalism.

Grossi, for his part, said that the IAEA acts based on documents and not the desires of the director-general, and added, “We guarantee that the Agency is not influenced but it is under pressure. We do not allow these pressures to affect our activities as much as we can.”