IAEA Expected to Adopt Constructive Approach on Iran

IAEA Expected to Adopt Constructive Approach on Iran
IAEA Expected to Adopt Constructive Approach on Iran

Tehran expects a constructive approach by the International Atomic Energy Agency and members of its Board of Governors, a senior Iranian diplomat said, as the agency’s board convened on Monday to discuss a range of topics that included Iran’s safeguards issues. 
“Iran will map out its future measures and reactions … in proportion with developments at the agency and its Board of Governors,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani said at a press briefing on Monday, ISNA reported.
He expressed hope that the director general would maintain his professional role and preserve the position and reputation of this international organization.
The IAEA Board of Governors convened its regular September meeting on Monday and were set to discuss Iran’s safeguards issues among other subjects. 
The agency has raised questions about nuclear materials that it claims have been found on three undeclared sites in Iran. 
Tehran rejects the allegation, stressing that the information were fake and fabricated. 
The IAEA Board of Governors passes a resolution, drafted by the United States, France, Germany and Britain, in June, after the director general reported that Iran’s explanations about the uranium traces were not credible. 
The Islamic Republic reacted by curbing its cooperation with the UN watchdog as far as it went beyond the original safeguards agreement. 
The case is still open in the agency, but a new resolution against Iran was seen as unlikely by diplomats. 
“Any repetition of an unconstructive measure like the previous one in the agency will produce an unconstructive result once again,” Kanaani said. 
He reiterated that Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful and the Islamic Republic is committed to non-proliferation as much as it supports nuclear disarmament. 
“Within the same framework, Iran underlines the need for impartial and non-discriminatory implementation of the safeguards regime by the agency,” he said. 
The diplomat also stressed that the IAEA needs to meet its duties in a professional manner and free from pressure by third parties. 
“Iran is ready to cooperate with the agency toward clearing the fabricated and unreal picture about its peaceful nuclear activities,” he said, noting, however, that the cooperation entails rights for Iran along with responsibilities. 

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