Russia permanent representative to the IAEA, Mikhail Ulyanov

Russia's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that there are no signs of undeclared nuclear activities at Iran's sites.

Iran PressEurope: According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mikhail Ulyanov said at a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors on Friday after the vote on the resolution: "One of the basic principles of medicine, which says not to harm, is clear to everyone. Undoubtedly, this principle can be applied to the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the issue of safeguards.

He added that the implementation of the provisions of the IAEA safeguards agreement is aimed at strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation system and not the other way around (weakening it).

"We have seen qualitative changes in the draft resolution presented by Britain, Germany, and France," Ulyanov said, noting that we appreciate the consideration of Russias' changes in this draft.

"However, a comprehensive analysis of the situation we have reached has concluded that the adoption of any resolution of the Board of Governors on this issue will not have a positive result, and on the contrary, it is likely that the situation will become more complicated," he added.

Ulyanov stated that with our assessment, progress has been made on the issue of Iran and the Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the issue of access to Iran's sites. In order to achieve a positive result, Tehran and the IAEA must continue to hold talks in accordance with the standard procedure, given the concerns of the parties.

"Iran has clearly shown that it is determined to meet the demands of the IAEA Secretariat, but it needs to address some issues in order to make a positive decision. This is a normal matter," the Russian official said.

The diplomat went on to say that in this situation, there is no need for the intervention of the Board of Governors in such a sensitive issue. This approach is non-constructive and can have implications for stated purposes.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that tensions over access to these facilities in Iran are "quite unusual" because there is no risk of nuclear weapons being proliferated here.

In the sites where the Agency is trying to visit, undeclared activities were carried out with small amounts of nuclear material, but it was stopped by Iran 16-17 years ago, Ulyanov said, highlighting that there is no sign that Iran is currently conducting undeclared nuclear activities at these sites.

He added: "Aparo, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards, told a news conference on June 10 that the IAEA had no other concerns about Iran. Thus, at present, the issue of verifying the full accuracy of the cases announced by Iran is raised. Such issues do not pose a threat to the system of safeguards, especially international peace and security, and must be resolved in a professional and calm manner, away from confrontation and in continuation of the talks between Iran and the IAEA Secretariat."


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