Iran hits back at France over stance on IAEA report

In a statement released on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh deplored the position of the French Foreign Ministry in reference to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest report on Iran.

In a public statement on Tuesday, the French foreign ministry called on Iran to answer questions from the IAEA after the contents of an IAEA report on Tehran’s nuclear activities were reportedly leaked to the media on Monday. France also encouraged Iran to respond as soon as possible to questions from the UN nuclear agency on its past nuclear activity.

In response, Khatibzadeh reiterated that while the new IAEA report does not at all reflect the reality of Iran’s interaction with the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the “hasty and politically biased” comments by France who totally ignored Iran’s extensive and constructive technical cooperation with the IAEA are “interference and worthless”.

“The format and nature of these (French) comments and measures which are made within the framework of psychological operations to prepare the ground for exerting pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran before the meetings of the Board of Governors of the Agency (International Atomic Energy) are absolutely familiar to us,” the spokesperson said.

He also noted that the coincidence and conformity of France’s positions with recent moves by the Zionist regime have further laid bare Israel’s role in this regard.

“As we have always advised the Agency (IAEA) to remain faithful during technical cooperation (with Iran), we also advise countries like France to avoid positions and interferences that divert cooperation (between Iran and the IAEA) of the on the right track and, instead, to honor their commitments on nuclear disarmament safeguards and to hold accountable the Israeli apartheid regime which has hundreds of nuclear warheads,” Khatibzadeh said.

Underscoring Iran’s completely peaceful nuclear programme, the spokesman said the Islamic Republic would give a “firm and proportionate response to any unconstructive action” from the IAEA Board of Governors, warning that responsibility for the consequences would lie to parties considering the Board of Directors. governors and the IAEA Secretary General’s report as leverage and tool for their political games against Iran.

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