Iran says it is ‘ready to cooperate’ with IAEA

September 13, 2022 12:00 am | Updated 05:41 am IST - Tehran

Probes are politically motivated: Tehran

Iran on Monday said it was ready to continue cooperating with UN nuclear watchdog while revealing a drone capable of hitting major cities in Israel, which has threatened to attack Iranian nuclear sites if the nuclear pact fails to fructify.

Speaking after European powers expressed frustration with Tehran’s intentions to salvage the agreement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “not to yield to Israel’s pressure” over Tehran’s nuclear activities.

The IAEA’s Board of Governors meets on Monday, three months after adopting a resolution urging Iran to give credible answers to the agency’s investigations into uranium traces at three sites in Iran. Iran says the probes are politically motivated.

On Saturday, France, U.K. and Germany said they had “serious doubts” about Iran’s intentions to revive a deal curbing its nuclear programme in return for lifting of sanctions, comments that were rejected by Tehran and called “very untimely” by Moscow. “Iran announces its constructive cooperation with the agency as its obligation... While Iran has obligations, it also has rights,” Mr. Kanaani said.

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