Tehran, Iran, August 2
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
The fact that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano is going to visit U.S. lawmakers shows how dependent the international organization is on the United States, an Iranian MP said.
The trip shows that the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has wanted Amano to brief the U.S. legislative body with confidential information about the recent nuclear deal with Iran, Esmail Kosari, Iranian MP and member of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told Trend August 2.
"This is against diplomatic conduct," Kosari asserted.
He further said the IAEA has not been fair to Iran in its reports so far.
Other Iranian officials, including Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Reza Najafi, Iranian ambassador to IAEA, have in similar remarks called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to maintain its independence and impartiality on Iran's nuclear case and respect Tehran's security concerns.
Amano was invited by the members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to visit Washington next week, talking about the agency's role in verifying and monitoring nuclear-related measures in Iran.
Iran and the IAEA recently signed a roadmap in the Austrian capital of Vienna for the clarification of past and present issues regarding Iran's nuclear program by mid-December.
The confidential texts between Iran and the IAEA have not even been provided to the U.S. government and cannot be given to the Senate either, Najafi was quoted as saying.
Iran and the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) reached an agreement on July 14 to settle Iran's sensitive nuclear program.
Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), significant limits are exerted on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the removal nuclear-related international and western sanctions. The implementation of the deal heavily relies on IAEA's December report on Iran.