Iran accuses UN nuclear watchdog of ‘discrimination,’ bowing to West’s pressure


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Iran accuses UN nuclear watchdog of ‘discrimination,’ bowing to West’s pressure
In call with EU diplomatic chief, Tehran’s foreign minister says it will be possible to reach favorable agreement if sanctions are lifted
By AFP and TOI staff
26 November 2021

TEHRAN — Iran has accused the UN’s nuclear agency of bowing to pressure from its Western financiers to “discriminate” against Tehran, as strains persist ahead of new talks to revive the 2015 atomic deal. “It’s a reality. The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) doesn’t deal with Iran as it should,” Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told state television late Thursday. He argued that organizations such as the IAEA were “under the influence of powerful countries” which “finance them and in exchange apply pressure on them.”

In a phone call on Friday with EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrel, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said it would be “possible to reach a favorable agreement” if sanctions are lifted. “We will participate in the Vienna talks in good faith and seriously,” he said, while calling for “a serious and sufficient guarantee” that the United States will not leave the nuclear deal.