Iran en­joys most trans­par­ent nu­clear program among IAEA mem­bers: En­voy

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TEHRAN: Iran’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Vi­enna-based in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions says the Is­lamic Repub­lic has the most trans­par­ent nu­clear program among mem­ber states of the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA), as proven through numer­ous in­spec­tions of the coun­try’s nu­clear sites by the UN agency.

“The fact that 22 per­cent of all global in­spec­tions done by the IAEA has been car­ried out in Iran proves that Iran en­joys the most trans­par­ent peace­ful nu­clear program among the mem­ber states of the agency,” Kazem Gharib­abadi said in an ad­dress to the IAEA Board of Gover­nors on Thurs­day.

The en­voy re­minded that the supreme level of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Tehran and the agency had not come by eas­ily to be “eas­ily weak­ened as a re­sult of a few par­ties’ my­opic po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.”

He was re­fer­ring to the United States and Is­rael’s im­mense pres­sure on the agency to try and find fault with the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s nu­clear work.

Un­der pres­sure from Is­rael, the US’ most prom­i­nent re­gional ally, Washington left a his­toric 2015 nu­clear ac­cord with Tehran and world pow­ers two years ago. The US then re­turned the sanc­tions that the deal, of­fi­cially known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), had lifted, not even both­er­ing to ex­empt food items and medicines from the il­le­gal bans.

Still un­der Is­rael’s pres­sure, the agency cited “con­cerns” ear­lier this year about two Iran-based sites. Iran first re­fused ac­cess to the sites, ar­gu­ing that the al­leged in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the IAEA had been cooked up by Is­rael’s spy agency. Tehran, how­ever, later al­lowed ac­cess to the sites on a purely vol­un­tary ba­sis and only to honor its co­op­er­a­tion with the IAEA.

“In or­der for the agency’s in­tegrity to be pre­served, its mem­bers should se­ri­ously avoid ex­ert­ing any pres­sure on it,” Gharib­abadi as­serted.

The JCPOA’s “hand­ful of en­e­mies” came up with “base­less and un­founded” al­le­ga­tions about the Ira­nian sites af­ter fall­ing short of all pre­texts to de­stroy the in­ter­na­tional agree­ment, he re­minded, urg­ing the agency and its Board of Gover­nors to avoid fall­ing for their plots.

IAEA's dou­ble stan­dards fa­vor­ing Is­rael

The Ira­nian of­fi­cial, mean­while, crit­i­cized the dou­ble stan­dards ap­plied by the agency’s mem­bers to­wards the Is­raeli regime and its nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties.

He pointed out two in­stances of sin­gu­lar­ity con­cern­ing Is­rael, the regime’s be­ing the only Mid­dle East­ern party that has re­fused to sign up to the Nu­clear NonPro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty (NPT), and its be­ing the ex­clu­sive owner of nu­clear weapons in the re­gion.

Still thanks to the dou­ble-stan­dard ap­proaches adopted by some IAEA mem­bers, the regime has snubbed the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the IAEA’s re­quests to fall in line with the agency’s safe­guards and al­low in­spec­tions by its ex­perts, the Ira­nian diplo­mat said.

“Is­rael re­mains the big­gest source of con­cern for re­gional se­cu­rity,” Iran's am­bas­sador added, not­ing that the regime possesses var­i­ous types of weapons of mass de­struc­tion, has evaded sim­i­lar treaties ad­dress­ing these weapons, and re­cur­rently threat­ened and at­tacked the coun­tries around it.

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