IAEA resolution on Iran unconstructive, official says

The chief of staff of the Iranian president’s office slammed as unconstructive and unfriendly a resolution that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors is going to pass on Iran, warning of its negative consequences.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Mahmoud Vaezi said Iran considers the resolution being prepared by the UN nuclear agency’s Board of Governors as an “unconstructive and unfriendly stance”.

He also warned that such an anti-Iranian resolution will have negative effects on the negotiations about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and on Iran’s view about the IAEA.

Vaezi also noted that many revisions have been made to the resolution in recent days as some of its articles have been omitted to soften it.

The three European parties to the JCPOA – the UK, France and Germany- are pressing ahead with a US-backed plan for a resolution by the IAEA Board of Governors criticizing Iran for suspending the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol of the NPT.

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned the EU3 that such a resolution would disrupt the current conditions.

“We hope wisdom would prevail, otherwise, we would have (other) approaches,” Zarif warned.

According to the Iranian Parliament’s ‘Strategic Action’ on lifting sanctions and safeguarding national interests, ratified in October 2020, Tehran has halted the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol because the signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal have failed to honor their commitments.

Following last week’s visit to Tehran by the IAEA director general, Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog issued a joint statement, declaring that Iran will stop its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol and will deny IAEA inspectors access to its nuclear facilities beyond the Safeguards Agreement as of February 23, 2021 for three months.