US, UK, France and Germany urge Iran to ‘cooperate’ with UN nuclear watchdog

Western nations reacted a day after the UN’s nuclear watchdog said Iran was not cooperating.

Paris:

The United States, Britain, France and Germany on Wednesday urged Iran “to fulfill its legal obligations and cooperate with the IAEA”, after the International Atomic Energy Agency adopted a resolution formally criticizing Tehran.

The foreign ministries of the four Western countries issued a joint statement welcoming the IAEA’s resolution ‘responding to Iran’s insufficient cooperation with the IAEA on serious and outstanding safeguards issues’, surrounding its nuclear activities .

“The overwhelming majority vote at the IAEA Board of Governors today sends an unambiguous message to Iran that it must meet its safeguards obligations and provide technically credible clarification on safeguards issues in suspense,” the statement added.

“We urge Iran to heed the international community’s call to fulfill its legal obligations and cooperate with the IAEA to fully clarify and resolve the issues without further delay.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the IAEA said it adopted a resolution formally criticizing Iran for its lack of cooperation with the UN nuclear inspectorate, diplomatic sources told AFP.

The motion put forward by the US, Britain, France and Germany – but voted against by Russia and China – is the first to criticize Iran since June 2020 and comes amid an impasse over efforts aimed at bringing the United States back into a 2015 Iran deal. nuclear program.

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