Iran slams UN nuclear body’s ‘counterproductive’ report

Iran accuses the UN nuclear agency of having taken “a counterproductive approach,” after its head said Tehran had not clarified queries over possible undeclared nuclear activity.

Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) voiced concern in a report to its members that Iran had not clarified the long-outstanding queries. The regular report comes at a delicate time when world powers are meeting to bring the US back to the Iran nuclear deal and Tehran back into compliance with it.

Iran Ambassador Kazem Gharib Abadi tells the IAEA’s board of governors’ meeting that the latest agency report is “not credible,” calling it “deeply disappointing.”

Iran’s Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Kazem Gharib Abadi, leaves the ‘Grand Hotel Wien,’ where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran are taking place in Vienna, Austria, April 9, 2021. (AP Photo/ Florian Schroetter)

Iran insists it is cooperating with the IAEA as it seeks clarity on several undeclared Iranian sites where nuclear activity may have taken place, mostly in the early 2000s.

“The secretariat has taken a counterproductive approach at the expense of its own credibility,” he says, warning this “could turn into an obstacle for future good-will interactions between the two sides.”

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