Zarif blasts European countries as 'accessories to US and Israel'

Iranian Foreign Minister blasts France, Germany and Britain for drafting IAEA nuclear resolution against Tehran.

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Mohammad Javad Zarif
Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday blasted France, Germany and Britain and accused them of serving Iran’s arch-foes the United States and Israel by drafting a nuclear resolution against Tehran, Reuters reports.

“Behind (the) facade, E3 are accessories to (U.S. President Donald) Trump & (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu—& in no position to counsel Iran,” Zarif tweeted.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) 35-nation Board of Governors called on Iran in the resolution earlier to stop denying the agency access to two suspected former nuclear sites and to cooperate fully with it, diplomats attending the meeting said.

The resolution was submitted by France, Britain and Germany, all parties to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

Iran's Foreign Ministry blasted the IAEA resolution and insisted Tehran has cooperated with the body.

"While Iran has the highest level of cooperation with the IAEA, the issuance of a resolution by the Board of Governors is a completely unconstructive and disappointing step," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in the statement quoted by Reuters.

The IAEA released a report earlier this month in which it expressed "serious concern" that Iran has been blocking inspections at two sites where past nuclear activity may have occurred.

The IAEA has for months been pressing Tehran for information about the kind of activities being carried out at an undeclared site where the uranium particles were found.

While the IAEA has not identified the site in question, it is believed to be the Turquzabad facility which was identified by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his address before the UN General Assembly in 2018 as a "secret atomic warehouse."

Iran last week expressed "disappointment" over the IAEA report and said it is ready to resolve any issues with the UN nuclear watchdog.

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