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Iran warns against censure at UN nuclear watchdog

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TEHRAN: Iran warned on Tuesday against a potential resolution at the UN nuclear watchdog condemning its suspension of some nuclear inspection­s, but stressed it remains commited to diplomacy.

Britain, France and Germany, the three European members of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, will put forward the resolution during this week’s meeting of the Internatio­nal Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) board of governors, according to diplomatic sources.

A document circulated by the Iranian mission in Vienna and seen by AFP said such a resolution would effectivel­y end the temporary agreement that IAEA chief Rafael Grossi worked out with Tehran to mitigate what he calls the “huge loss” of some inspection­s.

“I have to give this warning, that actions against our expectatio­ns will have adverse effects on diplomatic processes, and can quickly close the windows of opportunit­y,” Iran’s government spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters.

Iran expects “all parties to act rationally and prudently, and to know the value of fleeting moments,” he added.

“We are still commited to diplomacy.” Restrictio­ns on inspection­s went into force on February 23.

It followed a law passed by the Iranian parliament in December, that called for suspending certain commitment­s if the US does not lit unilateral sanctions or the three European countries do not help Tehran to bypass those sanctions.

Under the agreement with the IAEA, that runs for up to three months, data from cameras on Iran’s nuclear programme will be stored and not handed over to the agency, and if sanctions are not lited by that time, Tehran will start erasing the recordings.

According to Rabiei, the agreement conveyed Iran’s “goodwill,” and now the Islamic republic expects other parties to the nuclear deal to “prove” theirs.

Diplomatic sources in Vienna say the European resolution is expected to face a vote on Friday, and that it is backed by the United States.

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