TEHRAN - Iran on Tuesday once again criticized the Western-drafted resolution passed against Tehran’s nuclear program during the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Board of Governors, saying the Islamic Republic still insists on reaching a “good, strong and lasting” deal with the P4+1 group of countries.
“We have put a new political package and a new initiative on the table. Although the American side accepted the initiative, it also insisted on passing the resolution,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian said in a joint press conference with his visiting Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Tehran.
He added that Iran would never evade dialog with the P4+1 group of countries on the revival of the 2015 deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Iran will not deviate from the logic of diplomacy and negotiations to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement and believes that diplomacy is the best way to reach a final point,” he said.
The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that the U.S., along with its three European allies, submitted the resolution in order to exert more pressure on Tehran and obtain concessions in indirect talks.
Since April last year, the Iranian negotiating team has been involved in marathon talks with the other remaining parties to the JCPOA – Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia – with the aim of bringing the U.S. back into the deal and lifting its sanctions against Tehran.
However, the Vienna talks have been on hold since March as Washington insists on its refusal to undo its past wrongs through measures such as removing Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
In yet another blow to the bleak prospects of reviving the JCPOA, the U.S., France, Britain, and Germany spearheaded a resolution at the IAEA’s Board of Governors on Wednesday, which accused Iran of not cooperating with the UN nuclear watchdog.
Iran has denounced the resolution and blamed the U.S. and its three European allies for the crisis created over its nuclear program, which was under an unprecedented level of inspections before Washington withdrew from the JCPOA.
In the presser, Amir-Abdollahian said during the talks with the P4+1 group of countries in Vienna and exchanges of messages with Washington over the past months, Iran has proved that it supports dialog and rationale.
In response to the US-E3 resolution, the Islamic Republic has started to increase its nuclear activities and has informed the UN nuclear agency of the issue through the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, he added.
The Iranian foreign minister emphasized that the country would maintain its contacts with the European Union foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, and his envoy to Iran talks, Enrique Mora.
‘Nuclear Talks Not
Abandoned by Iran’
The spokesperson for the Iranian administration Ali Bahadori Jahromi said that his country has not bowed out of the negotiations on the removal of sanctions, although it believes that the nullification of the sanctions requires domestic solutions.
Speaking to reporters at a presser on Tuesday, Bahadori Jahromi said Iran has not left the negotiating table
on the removal of the sanctions, referring to the Vienna talks about the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.
The administration has relied upon domestic capabilities and maintains that the problems could be addressed internally as it pursues plans to neutralize the foreign sanctions, he stated.
The spokesman also noted that Tehran has taken proper measures in recent months for the nullification of the sanctions.
“In addition, the negotiations for the removal of the illegal sanctions are being pursued (by Iran),” Bahadori Jahromi said, adding that the IAEA’s report has nothing to do with the negotiations and such issues would not affect the negotiations.
Following the International Atomic Energy Agency’s move to pass an anti-Iran resolution on June 8, Iran’s top nuclear official said the country has begun injecting uranium gas into advanced centrifuges and disconnected some UN nuclear agency’s cameras monitoring its sites outside the Safeguards Agreement.