After a meeting with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran is not a country that will make decisions under pressure.
A day earlier. Rafael Mariano Grossi said the IAEA was engaging with Tehran to clarify a number of issues.
Salehi said Iran will not respond positively to requests for IAEA inspections that go beyond the limits set in the nuclear deal known as the JCPOA and Tehran’s Safeguards Agreement with the agency.
Iran says since the US withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018. it has been trying to use political pressure to restrict Tehran’s relations with Europe and the rest of the world.
As an impartial and technical organization. says Salehi. the IAEA should not allow political considerations to influence its decisions.
Iran has been gradually stepping back from its commitments to the nuclear deal. saying the measures it has taken so far including enriching uranium to a higher level and using more advanced centrifuges can be reversed if the European signatories to the deal take concrete action to reverse the effects of reimposed American sanctions.
Grossi is expected to present the IAEA’s main policy-making body. the Board of Governors with his quarterly report on monitoring and verification in Iran by the end of this month.