Iran ready to cooperate constructively with IAEA

TEHRAN, Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday Iran’s readiness to preserve and promote constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) based on goodwill, mutual respect, impartiality, and professional accuracy.

Abbas Mousavi made the announcement while congratulating the new IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi on his appointment.

Referring to the important role the IAEA plays in the area of disarmament, nuclear nonproliferation, and peaceful nuclear cooperation, Mousavi expressed hope that the agency would impartially fulfill its international responsibilities and duties during “Mr. Grossi’s tenure.” Mousavi further pointed to the key role the IAEA plays in the issues related to the July 2015 nuclear deal, aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), stressing that the agency also plays an effective role in cooperation between Iran and the IAEA member-states.

The IAEA Board of Governors decided to appoint Grossi as the new director-general who will take office in early December.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier that “The Iranian regime’s lack of full cooperation with (the IAEA) raises questions about possible undeclared nuclear material or activities.” Mousavi told a news conference last week, “We hope that we would not arrive at the fourth step and that Europeans would meet their obligations; if not, Iran will go ahead with taking the fourth step.” Tehran believes that its actions are in response to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal last year and the non-compliance of European countries.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal reached between Iran and P5 + 1, which includes the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, along with the imposition of financial and oil sanctions against Iran.

Source: Kuwait News Agency