Saturday, December 3, 2022

Iran Calls for IAEA Support to Keep Nuclear Deal Alive

A senior Iranian official says it will not be possible to preserve the Iran nuclear deal only with Tehran paying the price.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs Gholam-Hossein Dehqani made the comment at a meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

At the meeting, the top official appreciated efforts by the IAEA’s director general, and stressed the importance of the agency’s professionalism, neutrality and independence as the IAEA’s real asset.

He said Iran regards as highly valuable all-out support by countries attending the IAEA meeting for the survival of the nuclear deal and multilateralism.

“This backing should be seen as a sign of hope suggesting countries’ firm commitment to respecting multilateralism and the rule of law in international affairs,” he added.

He underlined Iran has constantly and fully complied with its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal while the United States has never made good on its obligations under the agreement.

He then touched upon a statement issued by the Iranian Supreme National Security Council and the new steps to be taken in that regard.

“Iran has used the mechanism envisaged in Article 36 of the Iran nuclear deal,” he said.

Iran stopped some of its commitments under the nuclear deal on May 8, 2019. The country notified the remaining signatories to the accord that unless they protect its economy from US sanctions within 60 days and safeguard its interests under the deal, it will take further action.

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