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Iran condemns ‘political and unconstructive’ IAEA resolution

Iran on Thursday denounced as “political” and “unconstructive” a resolution adopted by the UN nuclear watchdog censuring it for refusing to cooperate.

“Iran condemns the adoption of the resolution presented by the United States, Britain, France and Germany at the meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency as an action political, unconstructive and incorrect,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Iran has already announced that it has disconnected some IAEA cameras monitoring its nuclear sites ahead of the watchdog’s passage of the Western-drafted no-confidence motion on Wednesday.

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The motion – the first to criticize Iran since June 2020 – was approved by 30 members of the IAEA board of governors, with only Russia and China voting against.

The resolution came after the Vienna-based IAEA raised concerns about traces of enriched uranium previously found at three sites that Tehran had not declared to have hosted nuclear activities.

“The adoption of the resolution, which is based on the hasty and unbalanced report of the IAEA Director General and on false and fabricated information from the Zionist regime (Israel), will only weaken the process of cooperation and interaction between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the agency,” the Foreign Ministry statement said.

“Iran took reciprocal practical measures due to the agency’s unconstructive approach and adoption of the resolution, including installing advanced centrifuges and disabling cameras.”

In a statement released on Wednesday, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization stressed that it continues to abide by the safeguard agreement with the IAEA.

“Over 80% of the agency’s existing cameras are operating under the backup agreement and will continue to operate as before,” he said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh condemned the resolution in a tweet, insisting that Iran has “the most transparent peaceful nuclear program in the world”.

“The initiators are responsible for the consequences. Iran’s response is firm and proportionate,” he said.

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After the resolution was passed, the United States, Britain, France and Germany urged Iran “to fulfill its legal obligations and cooperate with the IAEA”.

Iran struck a deal with major powers in 2015 setting limits on its nuclear activities in return for international sanctions relief – but the deal has been in shambles ever since, with US President Donald Trump scrapping the deal three years later and reimposed the sanctions.

In response, Iran began rolling back its commitments under the deal from 2019.

Talks began in April last year on reviving the deal by lifting US sanctions and returning Iran to full compliance, but have stalled in recent months.

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