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Russia depicts IAEA anti-Iran resolution as ‘stupid’

London, IRNA - Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov criticized the United States and its three European allies for what he called a “stupid” resolution against Iran, because of their misunderstanding of the situation.

Ulyanov wrote on his Twitter account: “Have you got the latest news from #Iran? Do you understand now why Russia voted against the stupid Western resolution of the #IAEA BoG on Iran yesterday? Regrettably our Western counterparts demonstrate total lack of understanding of where we are.”

On Wednesday, the US and three European countries of Britain, Germany and France offered an anti-Iran draft resolution to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors based on allegations made by the Zionist regime on Iranian nuclear activities. The anti-Iran resolution was approved with 30 votes in favor, two votes against (Russia and China), and three abstentions (India, Libya and Pakistan).

In reaction to the approval of the resolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran halted certain collaborations with the IAEA, which were beyond safeguards agreements and were conducted by Iranians to show their good faith.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that the Islamic Republic of Iran has so far showed extensive cooperation with the IAEA, which has not been appreciated; so, the AEOI decided that beyond safeguards activities of cameras of measuring On-Line Enrichment Monitor (OLEM) and flowmeter to be deactivated from today.

However, the AEOI emphasized that more than 80% of the cameras available by the agency are safeguards cameras, which will continue to operate.

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced that as a result of the unconstructive approach by the IAEA and the approval of the anti-Iran resolution, the Islamic Republic has taken reciprocal practices, including installment of advanced centrifuges and deactivation of ultra-safeguards cameras.

Meanwhile, the three European states who are also members of the 2015 nuclear deal issued a joint statement to show their protest against Iran’s response, while they themselves are the ones who did not abide by their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Ulyanov warned the Western party prior to approving the draft resolution that some members of the IAEA Boards of Governors do not understand the current situation and push for adopting the unprecedented resolution; so, the Vienna talks did not teach them that pressure on Tehran would end up in escalation of tension.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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