The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization has stated that Tehran may reconsider cooperating with the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency in light of the United States’ stance toward the 2015 nuclear deal. Reuters reported that the Iranian official informed the IAEA chief of the possibility over the phone on Monday.
Yukiya Amano and Iranian President Rouhani Photo Credit: EPA
Ali-Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, threatened on Monday that Iran may stop cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if the United States fails to meet its commitment in the nuclear deal.
Salehi was quoted by Reuters as informing IAEA chief Yukiya Amano of Iran’s possible decision in a phone call. As reported by JOL last week, the United States came under fire at the emergency UN Security Council meeting regarding the protests in Iran. Although the UNSC members condemned the Iranian government for its response to the protests, they also warned against using the Iranian people’s dissent as an instrument to undermine the nuclear deal.
During the meeting, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that her country stands behind the Iranian people. “The Iranian regime’s contempt for the rights of its people has been widely documented for many years,” said Haley. “Let there be no doubt whatsoever, the US stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation. We will not be quiet. No dishonest attempt to call the protesters ‘puppets of foreign powers’ will change that.”
The Russian ambassador to the UN slammed the US, saying that Washington had ulterior motives for calling the meeting: “The Americans are using the current situation to continue to sabotage the world powers’ nuclear agreement with Iran.”