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IAEA anti-Iran resolution politically-motivated, meant to damage Tehran-agency ties: FM spokesman

Iran Press TV

Monday, 21 November 2022 9:58 AM

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the UN nuclear agency adopted the "politically-motivated" anti-Tehran resolution as the country has "the most transparent" peaceful nuclear program.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Nasser Kan'ani said "the politically-motivated resolution was issued while Iran has the most transparent peaceful nuclear program" in terms of the number of facilities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) compared to other countries and the number of inspections its nuclear activities have undergone by the IAEA.

He stressed that the resolution was enforced after the US and the three European countries exerted pressure on the agency's Board of Governors.

The spokesman did not give more details on Iran's response to the resolution, saying the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran would declare the details when necessary.

Earlier, Kan'ani had said Iran took the first step in responding to the resolution.

"In response to the latest action of the three European countries and the United States, namely the passing of a resolution against Iran in the agency's Board of Governors, a number of measures were put on the agenda of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and their implementation was carried out in the enrichment complexes of Martyr Ahmadi in Natanz and Martyr Alimohammadi complex in Fordow in the presence of the IAEA's inspectors," he said.

That came as Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami said earlier in the day that the Islamic Republic will give a "firm response" to the anti-Iran resolution.

Noting that the resolution aims to mount pressure on Iran, Kan'ani said on Sunday that Tehran won't bow to pressure and that Iran will continue its peaceful nuclear program in accordance with its needs and in compliance with its international obligations.

Also on Sunday, he slammed the "instrumental use" of the international organizations against independent nations, saying that "has become a norm" of the foreign policy of Western countries.

The draft resolution, ratified on Thursday, has criticized Iran for what it called a lack of cooperation with the agency. It was put forward by the United States, Britain, France and Germany, in continuation of their political pressures on Iran. Russia and China voted against the motion.

Germany's dark history of rights violation

Elsewhere in his remarks, Kan'ani condemned a resolution approved by the United Nations General Assembly's Third Committee on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic, stressing that "the politicizing of the human rights issue is not constructive at all".

He further said the resolution that was proposed by certain Western countries, including Germany, is politically-motivated.

Noting that German has a dark history of violating human rights, the spokesman said, "The German government is not in a position to take such actions against independent countries, including Iran."

The General Assembly's Third Committee on Wednesday approved the draft resolution titled "Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran" by a vote of 80 in favor to 28 against, with 68 abstentions.

The draft resolution was proposed over claims of a violent "crackdown" on protests in Iran. Since mid-September, Iran has been rocked by riots after the death of Mahsa Amini.

The 22-year-old fainted at a police station in Tehran and was pronounced dead three days later in hospital.

An official report by Iran's Legal Medicine Organization concluded that Amini's death was caused by illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Rioters went on rampage in the country, brutally attacking security officers and causing massive damage to public property as Western powers, especially the United States, provided support.

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