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Iran accuses UN nuclear watchdog of bowing to West’s pressure



 Iran accuses UN nuclear watchdog of bowing to West s pressure
Iran accuses UN nuclear watchdog of bowing to West’s pressure

1 Iran has accused the UN nuclear watchdog of giving in to pressure from its Western financiers to “discriminate” against Tehran as tensions persist before talks to reactivate a 2015 atomic deal are resumed.

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2 “Is a reality. The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is not dealing with Iran as it should, ”Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told state television late Thursday.

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3 He argued that organizations like the IAEA were “under the influence of powerful countries” that “finance them and in return exert pressure on them.”

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4 After a mission to Tehran this week, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said his talks with Iranian officials had been “constructive” but “inconclusive.”

5 “In terms of substance … we couldn’t move forward,” Grossi told reporters in Vienna, where the IAEA is based.

6 Kamalvandi said that the Islamic republic was “trying to defend their rights and counteract the negative image that they (the international community) are trying to fabricate of us.”

7 Western countries “say that we are looking for a nuclear weapon and that we must avoid it at all costs,” he said.

8 “The nuclear industry is an essential industry and to which we are committed. Above all, we must not give up, but continue our efforts, “said the spokesman.

9 Grossi’s visit came ahead of Monday’s scheduled resumption of negotiations between Tehran and world powers aimed at reviving the nuclear deal that provided relief from Iran’s sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

10 The deal has been gradually disintegrating since former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018.

11 However, President Joe Biden‘s administration says it is working to get the United States back into the deal, the other parties of which are Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

12 Source Credit: TheGuardian

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