Iranian parliament condemns IAEA's anti-Iran resolution

Iran's Parliament says IAEA resolution was adopted due to pressure from US and its allies.

Elad Benari ,

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The National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament on Tuesday denounced an anti-Iran resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as "politicized and unprofessional," the Xinhua news agency reported.

The statement came after the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors passed a resolution on Friday calling on Iran to cooperate fully with it and let the agency access two locations inside the country.

The board "calls on Iran to fully cooperate with the agency and satisfy the agency's requests without any further delay, including by providing prompt access to the locations specified by the agency," according to the text of the resolution submitted by France, Germany and Britain and adopted by a vote of 25 to two with seven abstentions.

"Over the past years, Iran has been more cooperative with the IAEA than other member states," said the Iranian parliament's statement, according to Xinhua.

However, "the IAEA adopted the anti-Iran resolution under the political and unprofessional pressures of the United States and its allies," it said.

The statement noted that the IAEA has adopted the resolution based on “allegations” by the Israeli intelligence service.

"It is for the world to know if Iran gives positive response to the IAEA demand, which is based on the alleged intelligence, to access (the locations inside Iran), it will help create a wrong attitude towards other states," it added.

Iran will not allow the international institutions to be used as instruments by the United States and its allies to threaten the country's sovereignty, the statement stressed.

The resolution passed by the IAEA followed a report earlier this month in which the UN agency 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."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif last week blasted France, Germany and Britain and accused them of serving the United States and Israel by drafting the IAEA resolution.



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