Foreign Policy
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:5
Envoy: Iran Not to Forget China's Support in IAEA
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Beijing Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh appreciated China for its recent position against the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution against Tehran, stressing that his country will never forget Beijing's support.

"China's recent position towards the Agency's resolution was firm and memorable. We will not forget it," Keshavarzzadeh wrote on his twitter page on Monday.

He also retweeted the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson's recent remarks.

"E3 Foreign Ministers released a joint statement on Iran and upholding JCPOA commitments. Having quit JCPOA, the US has no right to ask the UNSC to trigger sanctions snapback. We urge the US to return to JCPOA and the UNSC resolution," the spokesperson had said.

On Friday, the IAEA's Board of Governors passed a resolution, put forward by Britain, France and Germany, and opposed by Russia and China, to push for intrusive inspections of two Iranian nuclear sites that the trio claims may have been used for undeclared nuclear activities in the early 2000s.

Succumbing to Washington’s pressure, the three European countries, parties to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have so far failed to honor their commitments under a landmark agreement and offset the impacts of the US sanctions, which were re-imposed on Iran following the US' unilateral withdrawal from the deal in May 2018.

This is while Tehran has rejected the allegations of non-cooperation with the IAEA, insisting that it is prepared to resolve potentially outstanding differences with the IAEA.

In relevant remarks on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the EU Troika (Britain, France and Germany) are accomplices of the US and Israel, adding that they are not entitled to advise Iran.

"E3 must stop public face-saving and muster the courage to state publicly what they admit privately: their failure to fulfill even own JCPOA duties due to total impotence in resisting US bullying," Zarif tweeted.

"Behind facade, E3 are accessories to Trump and Netanyahu—and in no position to counsel Iran," he added.

Also, on Thursday Zarif wrote, "BoG should not allow JCPOA enemies to jeopardize Iran's supreme interests."

The Iranian foreign minister said that "E3 should not be an accessory, after failing own JCPOA duties."

"We've nothing to hide. More inspections in Iran over last 5 yearrs than in IAEA history," he noted.

"An agreeable solution is possible, but Res will ruin it," Zarif reiterated.

 

 

 

 

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