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Iran's Foreign Ministry Advises IAEA to Stay Away from Political Pressure

2020-12-21 18:03:42
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to stay away from political pressures and issues in order to maintain the UN nuclear watchdog's credibility.

“Certain comments were made [by the IAEA director-general], but when asked about it, Mr [Rafael] Grossi said his remarks had been misinterpreted,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday.

“We have maintained that the JCPOA is not open to negotiation and no document can be added to the deal. He added a new interpretation to his earlier remarks and said what he meant was related to technical issues between Iran and the IAEA. We accept his interpretation of his own remarks and state that we will listen [to his views] within this framework,” Khatibzadeh noted.

The spokesman said Iran’s ties with the IAEA are totally technical, and we have always recommended that the ties must be maintained within the same technical framework. 

“Indeed, the ties have always been clear, transparent and pragmatic whenever the IAEA had a totally technical view of issues,” he added.

“We have always advised the IAEA to stay away from political issues, political pressures and certain moves by third parties in order to maintain the weight, credibility and dignity of the IAEA and to keep its ties with Iran in the path of technical cooperation,” Khatibzadeh said.

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