Nuclear Power

20 Jan 2020

Iran’s Parliament Reviewing Cooperation with IAEA

20 Jan 2020  by TEHRAN   
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Members of Parliament, in a statement issued on Sunday, announced that they are reviewing Tehran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), adding that the West's hostile approach towards the Islamic Republic in the last two weeks has convinced them to adopt serious decisions.

In a statement released on Sunday, Iranian lawmakers announced that the Iranian Parliament will decide on the continuation of cooperation with the IAEA, naming the unlawful terrorist act of the US which assassinated the anti-terrorism hero of the Middle East Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani at Bagdad International Airport and the European countries’ support for the criminal move as one of the reasons behind Tehran’s decision to use a U-turn in its interactions with the Western-based apparatuses.

The lawmakers went on elaborating on their new decision, reminding that British Ambassador to Iran Robert Macaire was found last Saturday in an illegal gathering in front of Amir Kabir University in downtown Tehran where he was trying to provoke anti-government protests.

Also, the Tuesday decision of the three European signatories to the nuclear deal of 2015—France, Britain, and Germany—was another element of the legislators’ anger at the Western countries.

“Iranian lawmakers will decide to stay and cooperate with the IAEA to show Westerners and in particular, the countries negotiating on the nuclear issue that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not hesitate to take decisive and revolutionary decisions,” read the statement, rolled out by the MPs.

The announcement was made after the European trio announced their decision to trigger the Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM) in the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a step that could lead to the restoration of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at the 3 European signatories of the nuclear deal — the UK, France and Germany—for abiding by unilateral pressures of the US, underlining that the trio’s Tuesday unconstructive move was a strategic blunder.

Zarif denounced as a “strategic mistake” the European trio’s decision to trigger a dispute mechanism under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The top diplomat criticized the European signatories to the landmark deal once again on Tuesday for failing to abide by their commitments under the JCPOA and said triggering a dispute resolution mechanism is legally baseless and politically a strategic blunder.


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