June 8, 2021
Iran’s representative at international organizations in Vienna has criticized the latest report by the head of UN nuclear watchdog on lack of cooperation by Tehran in investigating traces of nuclear material found in previously undeclared sites.
Kazem Gharibabadi called Rafael Grossi’s assertion that Iran has failed to answer questions “one-sided” and “unreliable” and warned that the new report could harm relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
In comments on Monday to the IAEA’s board of governors, Grossi said “as we speak we haven’t had any concrete progress on any of the issues.”
He said Iran also hasn’t answered questions regarding another undeclared location.
“For objectivity’s sake, I should say that the Iranian government has reiterated its will to engage and to cooperate and to provide answers, but they haven’t done that so far,” Grossi told reporters.
“We cannot limit and continue to curtail the ability of the inspectors to inspect and at the same time pretend that there is trust,” he added.
Gharibabadi stressed the issue of cooperation with the IAEA, which related to current monitoring the watchdog conducts on Iran’s compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. He stressed that a “positive atmosphere” as important for cooperation, arguing that Grossi’s report can hinder IAEA’s work in general.
The issue of investigating past undeclared nuclear work is separate from the ongoing negotiations aimed at bringing the United States back into Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers.