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UPDATE: Iran urges UN nuclear watchdog ‘not to yield to Israeli pressure’
Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid has admitted to actively undermining the negotiations and hailed his country's diplomatic efforts to stop the nuclear agreement
By News Desk - September 12 2022
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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on 12 September that Tehran is ready to continue cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and called on the nuclear watchdog not to “yield to Israel’s pressure.”

“Iran has obligations, but it also has rights. The agency should avoid being influenced by outside pressures, including from Israel,” Kanaani said during his weekly press conference.

“Iran announces its constructive cooperation with the agency as its obligation,” the official added, before calling on the IAEA to “preserve its credibility.”

“Any unconstructive actions will lead to unconstructive results,” he continued.

Hours earlier, the head of the Mossad vowed that Israel would continue its sabotage operations on Iranian soil, regardless of whether the US returns to the Iran nuclear deal or not.

Russia echoes Iran’s criticism of ‘untimely’ E3 statement

On Sunday, Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, criticized a joint statement made by the E3 states (Germany, France, and the UK) towards Iran, calling it “very untimely.”

The three European partners of the US act as mediators in the negotiation but have taken a clear position against Iran with their joint statement issued on 10 September.

“In this final package, the Coordinator made additional changes that took us to the limit of our flexibility. Unfortunately, Iran has chosen not to seize this critical diplomatic opportunity. Instead, Iran continues to escalate its nuclear program way beyond any plausible civilian justification,” the E3 statement reads.

Furthermore, the E3 raised doubts about Iran’s “intentions and commitment to a successful outcome on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” adding that “Iran reopened separate issues that relate to its legally binding international obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its NPT safeguards agreement concluded with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”

Ulyanov, who leads the Russian delegation at the Vienna talks on the Iran nuclear deal, described the reaction as: “Very untimely indeed. Right at a critical moment at the Vienna Talks and on the eve of the IAEA Board of Governors session.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Nasser Kanaani, also criticized the European response, saying that the statement “deviates from the path of the fruitful approach during the talks.”

“It is unfortunate that with their ill-advised statement, the three European countries are following in the footsteps of the Zionist regime to push the talks toward failure, and obviously, if this approach continues, they should also accept responsibility for its consequences,” he added.

Israeli PM in Germany hoping to derail JCPOA revival

The timing of the E3 statement aligns with the state visit of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid to Berlin, Germany on Monday.

An anonymous Israeli diplomatic official told AFP that the main reason for the visit to Berlin is in fact the nuclear deal, which Israel is actively trying to sabotage through military aggressions and diplomatic influence.

“It’s important to continue to coordinate positions and to influence the European position. Germany has an important role in this,” the official argued.

Lapid, who is expected to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, hailed Israel’s efforts to sabotage the deal, telling his own cabinet: “Israel is conducting a successful diplomatic campaign to stop the nuclear agreement and prevent the lifting of sanctions on Iran.”

On Sunday, Lapid also thanked the E3 for their strong position against Iran and said that the revival of the 2015 agreement is unlikely, demanding a stronger, more restrictive agreement.

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