President in a Meeting with IAEA DG

August 26, 2020

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

In a meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi on Wednesday, Dr Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that cooperation between Iran and the IAEA will increase day by day, adding, "In addition to its technical and specialised responsibilities in the field of safeguards and the Additional Protocol, which Iran voluntarily implements, the International Atomic Energy Agency also have an important responsibility in relation to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the preservation of the multilateral document".

Referring to the IAEA's detailed and expert reports on the implementation of the JCPOA during the cooperation of the 7 participating countries in this field, Dr Rouhani said, "The JCPOA was a very important agreement for Iran and the P5+1 and contributed to peace in the region and the world".

The President stated that the United States withdrew from the deal in 2018 for no reason, adding, "More than two years after their withdrawal from the JCPOA, the Americans are well aware that their action was wrong".

Stating that today the importance of the JCPOA is well-known to the members of the UN Security Council and that the United States has not succeeded in international organisations after leaving the JCPOA, Dr Rouhani said, "We hope one day the United States understands that the era of unilateralism has ended".

In the current situation, the international community and we are working to maintain the JCPOA, and the United States and one or two countries are unfortunately trying to destroy it, he said, adding, "We hope that the IAEA technically, scientifically and professionally explains the importance of staying in the JCPOA and implementing it to the world in order to support multilateralism".

Dr Rouhani described it very important to maintain the independence, impartiality and professionalism of the Agency and expressed hope that the professional position of the Agency in public opinion would be further strengthened.

Referring to the good agreement reached between the IAEA and the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran during the visit, the President said, "The IAEA should pay attention to the important point that Iran has sworn enemies who are always looking for trouble for us, they are the ones who have nuclear weapons and do not cooperate with the IAEA".

Referring to the past results and achievements of the cooperation between Iran and the IAEA, Dr Rouhani emphasised on maintaining these achievements and said, "In this visit, a good agreement was reached that can help move in the right direction to finally resolve the problems".

In this meeting, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency expressed satisfaction with the agreement reached with the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran during this visit, and emphasised on further deepening of cooperation between Iran and the IAEA.

"The JCPOA was literally a great achievement and a benchmark for all parties, and we have an important task to maintain it," said Rafael Mariano Grossi.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency referred to the extensive activities of the international organisation, and expressed hope that with the cooperation of Iran and the IAEA, all technical and professional issues and questions would be resolved.

Stressing that we should not allow external factors and voices to affect our cooperation, he said, "The performance of the Agency is technical and professional, and whenever we have a question, we will resolve it by negotiating and holding such meetings".