Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran ambassador and permanent representative to the Vienna-

Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations, explained the results of the meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors and said that in the meeting, the JCPOA was regarded as an important achievement of multilateralism.

Iran PressEurope: Gharibabadi expressed that at the meeting, various issues such as the IAEA program on fighting coronavirus, nuclear safety and security, science and technology and nuclear applications, application of IAEA safeguards in West Asia, verification of the implementation of JCPOA in the light of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the implementation of safeguards in North Korea and Syria, and the safeguards agreement with Iran were examined.

The ambassador added that more than fifty speeches on JCPOA were made by members of the Board of Governors and members of the IAEA at the meeting.

"Apart from statements by the United States, Israel, and one or two Arab states, the predominant aspect of these statements focused on the need to maintain the JCPOA as an important achievement of multilateralism, as well as criticism of the US unilateral withdrawal from the agreement," he said.

Noting that the situation of Israel was also discussed at the meeting, Gharibabadi clarified that various groups and individual statements focused on expressing concern over Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons and the need for its unconditional and immediate accession to the non-proliferation treaty were presented.

He also announced that for the first time, the issue of Saudi Arabia in the Board of Governors was formally raised by Iran and under the agenda of other issues, and the IAEA and its members were asked to take action and make sure about the implementation of safeguards activities in Saudi Arabia.

The September meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors began last Monday in Vienna and ended on Friday.

The United Nations Security Council has rejected the US resolution to extend an arms embargo on Iran that is due to expire in October.

Only two of the Council's 15 members voted in favor, highlighting the division between Washington and its European allies since US President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord in May 2018.


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