Ali Larijani, Speaker of Iran’s Parliament accused the IAEA of making obstacles for Iran and the P5+1 (P5+1 is the name given to the six countries – U.S, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany- negotiating with Iran) talks to reach an agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.
“Some statements of the IAEA and other parties regarding recent talks in Almaty not only didn’t helped, but some also interrupted the way to success.
He reiterated that Iran’s nuclear program is only peaceful and that Iran will adequately cooperate with the IAEA in the framework of the NPT. Then he accused the west of abusing “Iran’s gentle stance.”
“Don’t make Iran re-think its cooperation,” Larijani warned the West.
Iran recently has strongly criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for mishandling the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program and allowing its negotiations with Tehran to be “remote controlled”.
“the source of this problem is not Iran; [it] is the way the secretariat is submitting to this sort of remote-controlled negotiation which does not work,” Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh told reporters after a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Wednesday.
Soltanieh’s remarks targeted IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, whom the envoy blamed for leaving the IAEA’s negotiating team without “the full authority to negotiate and decide.”
Larijani speaking at the beginning of the Sunday session of the Majlis, criticized the US’ attitude towards the Almaty talks and said, “the Majlis observes the US, the P 5+1 and the IAEA carefully and thinks of the next round of talks as a test for considering other options.”
“Iran won’t allow The US to buy time for another misadventure,” He added.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei has also reiterated the next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 is a test for the West’s honesty.
Iran and the IAEA wrapped up their latest round of talks on the Iranian nuclear energy program in Tehran on February 13. And then the Almaty talks with the P5+1 followed.
After the talks, Soltanieh, who headed the Iranian negotiating team, said Tehran and the agency had resolved some differences and reached an agreement on certain issues.
the United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran categorically rejects the allegation.