Iran seeks to boost long-term cooperation with IAEA

Iran seeks to boost long-term cooperation with IAEA

Iranian president has stressed the importance of maintaining the independence and impartiality of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). President Hassan Rouhani also said that Iran seeks to boost long-term cooperation with the agency.

Rouhani made remakrs in a meeting with the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday.

“Our determination is to have long-term cooperation with the agency within the framework of international regulations,” Rouhani said, adding, “We hope that given Iran’s full cooperation in recent years, the agency would declare its final conclusion about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program as soon as possible,” the Iranian president added.

Iran expects that the UN nuclear agency, in line with its measures and duties, would provide Tehran with the same technical assistance it gives other countries that are committed to the IAEA Safeguards Agreement and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Iranian president said.

Rouhani also emphasized the significance of showing respect for international regulations and treaties, saying Iran had repeatedly announced that it would not be the first country to walk away from the landmark nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries more than two years ago.

“We will remain committed to the JCPOA as long as we are able to enjoy the benefits mentioned in it,” the Iranian president said.

As an important international body, the IAEA’s credibility depends on the world body's ability to carry out its “professional and technical activities” without being influenced by world powers, he added.

“It is not acceptable for us that some countries and their officials would want to influence the agency’s decisions and exert pressure [on it],” the Iranian chief executive pointed out.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

During his meeting with Rouhani, the IAEA head, for his part, said the Islamic Republic had fulfilled all its commitments under international regulations and the JCPOA.

Amano added that most prominent officials of different world countries had thrown their weight behind the JCPOA, saying that all parties’ compliance with the nuclear accord would play a leading role in its survival and maintenance.

US President Donald Trump delivered an anti-Iran speech on October 13, in which he said he would not be certifying Iran’s compliance with the terms of the JCPOA under a domestic American law and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.

The IAEA is the only official institution in charge of verifying Iranian compliance and it has repeatedly verified Iran’s adherence to its contractual obligations.



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