Zarif Warns of Iran’s Tough Response to A Hostile Resolution by IAEA Board of Governors

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that Tehran will take serious action in response to any possible West-sponsored resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors.
“The foreign minister presented a report on the latest developments at the IAEA Board of Governors during the meeting (with us, the legislators) and said if any destructive resolution is issued against Iran at the IAEA board of governors, Iran will show a serious reaction,” Rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abolfazl Amouyee told FNA on Monday.
He was elaborating on the Monday morning meeting between Zarif and the Iranian lawmakers.
Amouyee also referred to the proposal for the US presence at the meetings between Iran and the G4+1 under the nuclear deal, and quoted Zarif as saying, “The US is not entitled to return to the nuclear deal until it fulfills its undertakings.”
Zarif had also earlier today warned that any hostile move by the western states at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Board of Governors against Tehran would further complicate the present circumstances surrounding the nuclear deal and Iran’s nuclear issue.
“The Europeans have started a wrong move in support of the US at the (IAEA) Board of Governors,” Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with Iranian lawmakers on Monday.
He cautioned that the Western countries’ measure could further complicate the conditions.
Tehran has already informed the IAEA Board of Governors about the complicated conditions which can be created by the westerners’ move, Zarif said, expressing the hope that rationality would win.
He also warned of Iran’s scenarios for any hostile measure adopted at the IAEA Board of Governors meeting.
In relevant remarks on Sunday, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi had also cautioned the IAEA Board of Governors to avoid adopting a resolution against Iran under the US pressure and influence, warning that any such hostile move would trigger Tehran’s reciprocal response.
“In case the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency adopts an anti-Iran resolution due to the suspension of the [NPT] Additional Protocol, we will give a proper response,” Salehi said, a day before the IAEA Board’s meeting.
Referring to a recent joint statement between AEOI and the IAEA on Iran’s voluntary stopping of the Additional Protocol to the NPT Safeguards Treaty, he said, “The appendix to this statement is confidential.”
“No specific conditions have been made in this regard, and according to the detailed information about the list of facilities and monitoring cameras mentioned in this appendix and also due to security considerations and the need to hide the location of key facilities in Iran, this appendix will remain confidential,” the official noted.
According to the UN nuclear watchdog’s website, the IAEA Board of Governors will convene its regular March meeting virtually on Monday. The Board will discuss a range of issues, including the verification and monitoring in Iran in light of UN Security Council resolution 2231 (2015) and NPT Safeguards Agreement with the country.

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