Iran blasts any interference in IAEA work

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is seen at their headquarters during a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Iran, in reaction to the remark of a French official, has announced any stance of political officials aimed at influencing International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) behavior will tarnish the body’s technical prestige.

The comment was reacted to the recent remark by the spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry, Anne-Claire Legendre, through which she had called on the IAEA to send a “strong message” to Iran and urged that Tehran return to its nuclear obligations “without delay”.

Saeed Khatibzadeh, the Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, reacted to the baseless remarks of his French counterpart on Friday and reiterated that any stance of officials and political institutions of different countries with the aim of influencing behavior of the IAEA is considered to be tarnishing the technical and professional prestige of the IAEA.

Khatibzadeh stated, “As a responsible member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has always emphasized that IAEA’s prestige, as a technical and specialized body of the United Nations, must be free from any politically-motivated behavior and action.”

Accordingly, any stance taken by officials and political institutions of different countries with the aim of influencing behavior of the International Atomic Energy Agency is considered to be as tarnishing technical and professional status of IAEA, he said, adding, “Undoubtedly, the trick of instrumentally use of capacity of the International Atomic Energy Agency, rather than benefiting its misusers, will question the international legitimacy of the IAEA’s actions.”

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