Iranian President Rouhani: Iran Determined to Have Long-Term Cooperation with the IAEA

October 29, 2017

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

President Rouhani emphasised the need to maintain the independence and impartiality of the IAEA and stated that the Agency was the only confirmatory authority to verify Iran's adherence to the JCPOA, adding: "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has clear criteria, and Iran acts merely based on the criteria".

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's cooperation with the Agency has been complete and remarkable," said President Rouhani met with the Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano on Sunday in Tehran.

The president said that the Islamic Republic of Iran was ready to develop cooperation with IAEA within the framework of Agency's safeguards, international regulations and the JCPOA, adding: "We are determined to have long-term cooperation with the Agency within the framework of international regulations, and we hope that, given the full cooperation of Iran in recent years, the IAEA announces the final report on the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program as soon as possible".

Dr Rouhani also said that Iran expected the Agency to provide assistance to Iran like it does to other countries that are committed to safeguards and NPT in various fields of science, agriculture, protection and medicine within the framework of its actions and duties, stressing the importance of using capable Iranian persons in the management team of the IAEA.

"Stability of international regulations and treaties is very important," said Rouhani emphasising that a country cannot deal with multilateral and international agreements as it wishes.

Dr Rouhani said that, as has repeatedly been stated, the Islamic Republic of Iran will never be the first country to exit the JCPOA, adding: "We will adhere to the JCPOA until the time we are able to gain benefits stated in it".

The president noted that the IAEA's credibility as an important international body in the world's public opinion is based on the fact that it carries out its professional and technical activities without being affected by some powers, and if some countries and their authorities attempt to influence the Agency's decisions and put it under pressure, it will not acceptable for us".

Stating that the cooperation between Iran and the IAEA should step up confidence of the two sides, Dr Rouhani said: "We should not allow the JCPOA, as an important achievement, to be undermined, and we must consolidate this important international commitment with full cooperation".

"Combating terrorism is one of the most important goals in the region, and today it is very important for stability and security for the people of the region," said the president, stating that the new conduct of the US administration will not contribute to the stability and security of the region in any way.

At the meeting, Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano said: "Today, based on the joint efforts that have been made, we can emphasise that the Islamic Republic of Iran has lived up to all its obligations under international regulations and the JCPOA".

The IAEA Director General also stressed that most of the world's top authorities and senior officials in the international stage are supporting the JCPOA with all their might, adding: "Fulfilling commitments and obligations by all parties is crucial for stability and the future of the JCPOA".

Amano also acknowledged the Islamic Republic of Iran's commitment to the JCPOA, saying: "The credibility of the Agency is very important, and it continues to maintain its impartiality in its stances, and it will present real reports based on facts and safeguards".

Director General of the IAEA also emphasised the need to support Iran's research projects and development of cooperation between Iran and the Agency in different sectors, saying: "We welcome Iranian experts in the management team of the IAEA".