Iranian nuclear chief: IAEA's Grossi lacks serious will to find Tehran's 'accurate' answers convincing
Iran Press TV
Monday, 06 June 2022 3:17 PM
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Tehran has given accurate answers to questions posed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but the Agency bases its reports on the information provided to it by the enemies of Iran.
In an interview with Al Jazeera network on Monday, Mohammad Eslami said the director general of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, lacks serious will to describe Iran's answers to the Agency's queries as convincing.
"The International Atomic Energy Agency relies on the intelligence reports [provided by] our enemies, topped by Israel," Iran's nuclear chief said.
Eslami made the remarks after the IAEA chief, in his introductory statement to the Board of Governors' meeting on Monday, once again repeated his anti-Iran rhetoric, alleging that since February 23, 2021, the Agency's "activities have been seriously affected by Iran's decision to stop the implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA, including the Additional Protocol."
Grossi claimed, "Iran has not provided explanations that are technically credible in relation to the Agency's findings at three undeclared locations in Iran." Grossi's allegation, however, came after his meeting with Eslami and the adoption of the two sides' joint statement on March 5, 2022.
The AEOI and the IAEA agreed, in continuation of their cooperation as stated in the Joint Statement of August 26, 2020, to accelerate and strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at the resolution of the issues, read part of the joint statement.
Grossi's remarks came despite frequent warnings by Iran that in case the Agency drifts away from its technical nature and makes a politicized decision related to Iran's peaceful nuclear program, the country will respond in kind.
Elsewhere in his interview, Eslami pointed to the possible adoption of an anti-Iran resolution during the ongoing meeting of IAEA's Board of Governors and said even if adopted, such a resolution would not create a new situation.
Advising the UN nuclear watchdog to block political influence on its decisions and abide by its own regulations, the AEOI's head said, "The IAEA has not condemned attacks on our [nuclear] facilities and this is a big question mark."
Over the past years and amid lack of sensitivity and proper attention on the part of the IAEA towards performing a responsible role in the area of protection of various countries' peaceful nuclear activities, some malign activities, for which the Zionist regime has implicitly accepted responsibility, have afflicted some damage to our country's nuclear facilities.
Although these activities have never had a decisive effect on the progress of Iran's peaceful nuclear program, given the sensitivity that is inherent to the nature of nuclear work, adoption of new strategies in the structural, hardware, and software aspects have found a place on the AEOI authorities' agenda so the nuclear facilities' security can be completely ensured.
Eslami also rejected allegations that Iran is planning to build nuclear weapons, saying, "Nuclear weapons have no place in our strategies" and that all such allegations are nothing but spiteful accusations.
Asked about the IAEA's access to information recorded by monitoring cameras it has installed in Iran's nuclear facilities, Eslami said this issue depends on the fate of the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital on the revival of the 2015 Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"If other parties commit to all articles of that agreement, we are ready for full compliance with the accord," Iran's nuclear chief said.
Under the JCPOA, Iran accepted certain caps on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of international sanctions.
The US, however, unilaterally abandoned the deal in 2018 and re-imposed crippling sanctions despite Tehran's full compliance with its share of obligations.
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