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Iran Warns Nuclear Watchdog about ‘Consequences’ of Anti-Iran Resolution

By Kazem Sarabi June 6, 2022

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The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna. / Leonhard Foeger

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said those pushing an "anti-Iran" resolution at the upcoming meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be "responsible for all the consequences".

“Those who push for anti-Iran resolution at IAEA will be responsible for all the consequences. We welcome a good, strong and lasting agreement. It's within reach if US/E3 [France, Germany and the UK] are realistic,” the minister wrote in his Twitter account on June 5.

The Iranian minister also said that he exchanged views with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on "removing sanctions and proceeding" within the frameworks of the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers (JCPOA).

On 1 June, the USA, UK, France and Germany submitted a draft resolution to the IAEA urging Iran to clarify questions about the traces of uranium found in some undeclared sites in Iran. The resolution is to be put to discussion in the week starting on June 6.

In a phone conversation with Josep Borrell on June 3, Amir-Abdollahian said the US and EU troika’s decision to present a draft resolution against Iran to the IAEA will make talks “more difficult and complicated”, adding that Tehran will respond to it “proportionally, firmly and immediately”.

The Iranian foreign minister also warned against a concerted attempt by the US and its European partners at the IAEA, and criticised IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi for his visit to Israel, and meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, on the eve of the IAEA Board of Governors meeting. Bennett told Grossi during the trip that his country "reserves the right" to take independent action against Iran to block Tehran’s nuclear programme.

He said that Grossi’s visit contradicts “the principle of neutrality and IAEA’s technical and professional status”, and reiterated that Iran was willing to reach a “good, strong and durable nuclear deal”.

For his turn, Borrell said that all sides should walk away from the "current negative atmosphere" and return to their obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), mainly known as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Talks in Vienna between Iran and world powers came to a halt in March, but indirect negotiations with the US continued through the European Union, which serves as the coordinator of the JCPOA.