Iran parliament: IAEA resolution proof of structural discrimination within UN nuclear watchdog
Iran Press TV
Sunday, 21 June 2020 10:50 AM
The majority of lawmakers at the Iranian parliament have denounced an anti-Iran resolution recently passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors, saying the document is another indication of "structural discrimination" within the UN atomic watchdog.
In a statement read out on Sunday by Ali Karimi Firouzjaee, a member of the parliament's presiding board, 240 MPs argued that the IAEA resolution -- introduced by the three European signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, namely France, Germany, and Britain -- explicitly demonstrated the trio's "excessive demands."
The Islamic Republic has voluntarily implemented the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and allowed the IAEA to conduct the most rigorous inspections of its nuclear sites in the history of the Vienna-based agency, read the statement.
The lawmakers further complained about the hypocrisy of the European trio, saying they devised "the illegal anti-Iran resolution" contrary to their claims to remain committed to the Iran deal and to make efforts to salvage the deal.
The IAEA resolution clearly indicates, the MPs warned, that the three European states "have once again fallen into the trap of the United States and the Zionist regime, and joined forces with them in the failed US project of exerting maximum pressure against Iran, hence dealing another blow to international multilateralism."
Passed by a 25-2 margin with seven abstentions, the IAEA resolution called on Iran to "fully cooperate" with the IAEA and "satisfy the Agency's requests without any further delay," including by providing "prompt" access to two nuclear sites.
Tehran has rejected allegations of non-cooperation with the IAEA, arguing that the mentioned sites are totally irrelevant to its current nuclear program, and that the agency's insistence on inspecting the two locations comes on the basis of fabricated information provided by Israel.
"Iran's parliament strongly condemns the IAEA Board of Governors' resolution, which was adopted against Iran's national interests based on a proposal by three European countries, Britain, France and Germany, under pressure from the US regime and the fake Zionist regime on June 19, 2020," the statement read, adding that the resolution was "another sign of structural discrimination within the IAEA."
The Iranian lawmakers also expressed their gratitude to China and Russia for voicing their opposition to the biased resolution, which they called "an obvious attempt at political extortion."
"In addition to expressing gratitude to the states that did not support the move, the parliament considers the non-binding resolution another sign of the culture dominating the IAEA, which allows nuclear-armed member states not honoring their own NPT commitments to block other states' access to peaceful nuclear technology."
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