AEOI spokesman urges Grossi to stay away from political remarks
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Jun 16, 2022
Tehran, IRNA -- Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi on Wednesday urged IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to refrain from making political remarks that feed media.
Kamalvandi gave "a friendly piece of advice" to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency that he should stay away from making unprofessional remarks which are politicized and feed media.
The Iranian official noted that it is clear that if an issue is technical, it should be presented in a professional way and within the framework of the IAEA tasks, not in media.
"The IAEA director general, as the official in charge of a lawful international organization, is expected to stay away from political remarks and stances and be watchful that his comments do not complicate ties among IAEA member states," Kamalvandi said.
He added that such political stances and "unconstructive" remarks will further complicate the situation.
In an interview with CNN on June 12, Grossi called on Iran to resume talks "now" on its nuclear deal before things become "much more problematic".
He made the comment four days after the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution calling for full cooperation from Iran with the agency and accusing the country of possessing undeclared material at its nuclear sites.
Iran strongly dismissed the resolution, calling it "miscalculated and ill-advised" as it was adopted based on fabricated information provided by the Israeli regime.
Following the resolution, Iran informed the IAEA that it had turned off 27 ultra-safeguards cameras.
Iran has time and again said that its nuclear program is transparent and meant for peaceful purposes and it has had an extensive level of cooperation with the IAEA over the past 20 decades.
Iran also says that talks over the revival of its nuclear deal, which have been ongoing in Vienna since April 2021, have already come to an end.
Iran says the Vienna negotiations await a political decision by the US which withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reinstated sanctions on Iran, throwing the international accord into disarray.
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