France says IAEA governors must help send strong message to Iran

The Iranian flag flutters in front the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria March 4, 2019. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s governing boardmust send a strong message to Iran when it convenes next week, France said on Thursday after two agency reports highlighted Iran’s continued disputed nuclear activities and lack of cooperation.

The International Atomic Energy Agency issued two reports on Wednesday detailing its conflicts with Iran, from rough treatment of its inspectors to re-installing monitoring cameras at Iranian sites the IAEA deems essential for the revival of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

“It must return without delay to fulfilling all its commitments and obligations to the IAEA, resume cooperation with the agency and return to full implementation of the JCPoA [nuclear deal],” French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters in a daily briefing.

“The IAEA Board of Governors must help send a strong message to Iran in this regard,” Legendre said of the 35-nation meeting that begins on November 24 in Vienna.

She did not clarify what she meant by a strong message, although diplomats have said it is unlikely Western powers will take any action against Iran before indirect negotiations between the Islamic Republic, United States and world powers on reviving the nuclearaccord resume on Nov. 29.

Western powers scrapped plans in September for a IAEA board resolution rebuking Iran after Tehran agreed to prolong monitoring of some nuclear activities and invited IAEA chief Rafael Grossi to Tehran for talks on outstanding issues.

Grossi is again due in Tehran ahead of the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors meeting.

(Esta Media Network/Reuters)

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