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Iran condemns IAEA anti-Iran resolution as “unconstructive”

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The Iranian foreign ministry on Friday condemned the anti-Iran resolution of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as “unconstructive.”

In a statement, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissed “the political and non-technical resolution” of the IAEA, noting Iran has had the highest level of cooperation with the IAEA.

The issuance of the resolution is a “completely unconstructive and disappointing move,” said Mousavi.

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.

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, the IAEA said on its website.

Mousavi said the resolution by the IAEA under the pressure of some countries, including the United States, is aimed at creating a new crisis for cooperation between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog.

He urged members of the IAEA board of governors to be “vigilant against the United States and Israel’s attempts to reopen the old issues that had been proven baseless.”

Mousavi also rebuked the three European countries of Britain, France and Germany for introducing the resolution.

Earlier in the day, Iran’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna slammed the IAEA for adopting a resolution against Tehran.

“Adoption of this resolution will neither encourage Iran to grant access to the Agency based on fabricated and unfounded allegations nor will it force Iran to come down from its principal positions,” Kazem Gharibabadi said in a statement.

“Iran categorically deplores this resolution and will take appropriate action in response, the repercussions of which would be upon the sponsors of this resolution,” Gharibabadi added.

(XINHUA)

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