Iran said on Friday it would immediately respond to any “political” action at an impending meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog, after the US vowed to join Europeans in urging Tehran’s cooperation.
Iran’s warning comes as talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers have been stalled since March and ahead of a crucial meeting next week of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) board of governors.
The US said on Thursday it would join Britain, France and Germany in seeking an IAEA resolution at a meeting after the nuclear watchdog said Iran did not clarify questions about the presence of nuclear material at three undeclared sites. Is.
“Any political action by the United States and the three European countries in the IAEA will without doubt provoke a proportionate, effective and immediate response,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian said.
He was quoted in a statement by his ministry and made the remarks in a telephone call with Josep Borrell, the head of EU foreign policy, coordinator of negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran and the IAEA have previously said that resolving the issue of the three sites is essential to efforts to revive the deal.
The 2015 agreement gave Iran economic sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear activities, aimed at preventing it from developing an atomic bomb. Iran has always denied the demand for such a weapon.
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The US unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to back its nuclear commitments and hanging the deal by a thread .
Amir-Abdullahian said the move in favor of a resolution by Washington and three European states “is an act, contrary to diplomatic practice, hasty and unconstitutional.”
“This will make the negotiation process more difficult and complicated,” he said in the statement.
Efforts to restore the 2015 deal had already been stalled by the US designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization – Tehran insists the designation should be removed, but the US maintains that The blacklisting will continue.
Iran on Wednesday warned against “unstructured action” at the IAEA and said it would respond “firmly and appropriately”.
On Thursday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed that Washington plans to join three of its allies in “looking for a resolution centered on the need for Iran to cooperate fully with the IAEA.”
He said the IAEA’s latest report in response to questions from the Vienna-based body raised “very serious concerns that Iran has failed to respond credibly”.
Amir-Abdullahian spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday, his ministry said.
“Parties that obstruct the diplomatic path will be held accountable for the consequences of adopting any anti-Iran resolution at the IAEA meeting,” he told his Russian counterpart.
Russia is also a party to Iran’s 2015 agreement with China.
On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned the head of the IAEA that Israel is ready to use its “right of self-defense” to halt Iran’s nuclear program.
Nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi spoke on Friday morning after meeting Bennett during a whirlwind visit that Amir-Abdullahian said violated the IAEA’s principle of neutrality.
Meanwhile, Iran’s nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri issued his warning to Israel.
“Zionists can only dream of attacking Iran – and if it does, it will be a dream they will never wake up to!” He said on Twitter.
Israel and Iran are arch enemies, and the Jewish state strongly opposes the 2015 nuclear deal, considering it a threat to its own security.
Tehran blames Israel for killing many of its nuclear scientists, most recently Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in late 2020.