The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami, says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been hijacked and is being exploited by Israel.
Eslami made the comments on 9 June in reference to the “anti-Tehran” resolution adopted by the UN nuclear watchdog at the 35-nation board of governors meeting.
This resolution was adopted just days after IAEA chief Rafael Grossi travelled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
“It is regrettable that an international institution has been exploited by an illegitimate regime and its reputation has been questioned,” Eslami said.
The AEOI chief added that the Islamic Republic has done all that is necessary to show its goodwill towards restoring the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but that their moves have not been reciprocated.
“Why did we accept [those commitments] and restrict ourselves? Only to ward off the accusations [against us], but our good faith and optimism have not been taken into consideration,” Eslami said.
Earlier in the day, Iranian media revealed that Tehran is expanding the production and installation of advanced IR-6 centrifuge networks in the underground Natanz nuclear facility, in direct response to the decision of the IAEA.
Iran also announced it would be disconnecting 27 UN surveillance cameras from its nuclear sites, which were installed as a measure beyond the safeguards agreement reached with the agency.
However, the Iran’s AEOI highlighted that 80 percent of IAEA surveillance cameras fall within Iran’s obligations under the safeguards agreement, and that these cameras will continue to operate.
President Ebrahim Raisi has also taken a firm stance against the “compromised” UN agency, saying that the Islamic Republic will not back down from its position.
“How many times do you want to test the Iranian nation and not listen to the words of the country’s officials? Do you think that we will retreat as a result of [your] issuing of resolutions? … Iran will not take a step back from its position,” Raisi said on 9 June.
Raisi also said that Iran will not allow the development of its various national industries to be tied to the whims of unfriendly nations.