TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran cautioned that Western governments are resorting to political leverage and sanctions in order to take advantage of the International Atomic Energy Agency to mount pressures on Iran.
Mohammad Eslami made the remarks in a Monday meeting with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi in Vienna.
Criticizing the biased approach taken to Iran by the Western countries, the Iranian official said, “By resorting to sanctions… these countries are trying to use the IAEA’s mechanisms to mount pressure on Iran.”
“Brutal political pressures exerted by Western countries on Iran will not bear fruit and the Islamic Republic will not allow any politically-motivated pressure to go unanswered,” Eslami added, Press TV reported.
He also urged Grossi to keep the IAEA on an impartial and professional track and not allow the Western states to use the Agency’s reports as an excuse to put pressure on Iran.
Following the meeting, the IAEA chief said in a post on X social media platform that his meeting with Eslami was “important.”
He added that the IAEA is willing to “engage and make concrete progress” in accordance with an agreement signed in Tehran on March 4 “to provide credible assurances that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.”