Iran's envoy: US must be held accountable for new unlawful sanctions
Iran's envoy asked the remaining participants in the Iran nuclear deal to hold US accountable for new unlawful sanctions against Tehran.
Iran Press/Iran News: Addressing the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, deputy permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations said, the remaining participants must hold the United States accountable for the consequences of the new sanctions and must provide guarantees that Iran is compensated unconditionally through appropriate measures.
“All such illegal measures of the United States were rejected by the international community, including by almost all of its friends and allies,” he said, according to Iran Press.
Deputy permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations, Eshaq Al-e-Habib said: "Iran is determined to vigorously continue to exercise its inalienable rights to nuclear energy, including development of a full national nuclear fuel cycle, for peaceful purposes. It is essential for Iran's socio-economic development."
Al-e-Habib also said, nowadays, nuclear energy is part and parcel of the socio-economic development of our societies.
Accordingly, all countries, in particular developing countries, must have a free and fair access to all benefits of nuclear energy, he said.
He added, from this perspective, Iran stresses the high importance of the full realization of the inalienable right of any country to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
He also said, this includes the inherent right of each country to develop a full national nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful purposes.
Al-e-Habib added, likewise, they have a right to participate in the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for peaceful use of nuclear energy.
He said,these inherent rights have also been reaffirmed in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Accordingly, developed industrialized countries are obliged to cooperate in the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in developing countries.
Appreciating the related activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran stresses the need for further enhancement of such activities, particularly to meet the expectations of developing countries. It should be ensured that the Technical Cooperation Program of the Agency remains firm and sustainable through sufficient, assured and predictable financial and human resources, he added.
Iran underlines that the IAEA is the sole competent authority responsible for the verification of the fulfillment of safeguards obligations. Related functions of the Agency should be carried out in full conformity with the relevant legally-binding instruments, and take into account the concerns and interests of Member States, in particular, by strict observance of the principle of confidentiality, Al-e-Habib underlined.
Al Habib also said all accusations against Iran’s nuclear program were baseless from the beginning. It was a manufactured crisis to sustain pressure on Iran. However, it came to an end with the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that was the outcome of a long and intensive multilateral diplomatic efforts to resolve such an artificial crisis and to build trust.
Deputy permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations added, according to the IAEA, Iran is subject to the most robust nuclear verification regime. Likewise, in its 12 consecutive reports, the IAEA has confirmed Iran’s full compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA.
However, the current US administration, in violation of its international commitments, withdrew from the JCPOA and re-imposed its illegal sanctions against Iran. The US continues to systematically violate its commitments under the JCPOA and resolution 2231. Now, it brazenly forces others either to violate that resolution or face punishment, he said.
He added, "US policy towards the JCPOA and resolution 2231 clearly indicates that even in the past, they did not have any genuine concern about Iran’s nuclear program. They openly lied in expressing concern over this program only to continue their animosity against Iran."
Al Habib added, in line with the principles embodied in the UN Charter and in support of multilateralism, the international community has a responsibility to preserve the JCPOA by rejecting the illegal unilateral measures of the United States. 101/202