TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Iranian ambassador and permanent representative to the International Organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi has lashed out at U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton for trying to impose Washington’s anti-Tehran agenda on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"The Agency is not a subsidiary body of the United States administration, which John Bolton could set the agenda for its officials' visit to other countries,” Qaribabadi tweeted, after Bolton accused Iran of "concealing nuclear material and/or activities,” amid the visit by the acting chief of the IAEA Cornel Feruta.
The American national security adviser also said that he is "eager to get a full report as soon as possible.”
In a series of posts on his Twitter account, Qaribabadi reacted to Bolton’s claims against Iran’s nuclear program, saying that the IAEA was not such a dependent institution that the U.S. could set an agenda for its officials.
The Iranian envoy added that Feruta’s visit to Tehran and his talks with Iranian officials took place within the framework of the usual interactions and ongoing cooperation between Iran and the international body.
He further rejected any claims on secret nuclear activities in Iran, adding that Feruta had nothing special on his agenda during the visit as Bolton wished for.
The Iranian diplomat also said that during the visit, cooperation between Iran and the IAEA in three fields of the implementation of the JCPOA safeguards, the Additional Protocol, and Safeguards Agreement were reviewed.
He, furthermore, underlined that any attempt to disrupt and dissuade Iran's constructive and active cooperation with the IAEA and to put inappropriate pressure on the international nuclear watchdog will be utterly counterproductive and will be met with Iran’s appropriate response.
Acting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Cornel Feruta who visited Iran on Sunday said the approach of the IAEA is independent, neutral and professional and that it will not be influenced by the pressures.
"On the one hand, the Agency has the duty of verifying the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and on the other hand, it is actively interacting with Iran in implementing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement (CSA),” he added.
Ferutna said that the IAEA is willing to continue cooperation with Iran professionally and impartially.