IAEA resolution criticizes Iran on uranium traces

The Office of the Israeli PM said called the decision “significant,” saying it “exposed Iran’s true face”

IAEA resolution criticizes Iran on uranium traces

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett with IAEA Director Rafael Grossi in Jerusalem, last week. Photo: GPO / Kobi Gideon

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors passed a resolution yesterday (Wednesday) criticizing Iran for failing to explain uranium traces found at three undeclared sites. 30 countries voted in favor of the decision, three abstained, and only two countries – Russia and China – opposed.

Earlier in the day, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization announced it had turned off cameras at a nuclear facility. Al Monitor reported that this act was taken “in response to a draft resolution to censor Tehran introduced by the US and its European allies at the UN nuclear watchdog.”

The website quoted AEO spokesman Behrouz Kamalvadni, who said that  Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA was voluntary and went beyond the additional protocols the country had agreed upon in order to establish “goodwill.”  Kamalvadni said that the IAEA, however, did not behave appropriately.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, this evening, commented on the decision of the
"This is a significant decision that exposes Iran's true face,” said an official communique issued by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“The Board of Governors' decision determines that Iran is neither cooperating with the IAEA nor obeying its directives and is thus preventing the agency from fulfilling its important function and acting against military nuclear activity.
 
“Today's IAEA vote is a clear warning light to Iran: If Iran continues its activity, the leading countries must bring the matter back to the UN Security Council."

Last week, IAEA Director Rafael Grossi visited Israel and met with Bennett. The latter expressed Israel's deep concern regarding Iran's continued progress toward achieving nuclear weapons while deceiving the international community by using false information and lies.

Bennett also emphasized the urgent need in mobilizing the international community to take action against Iran, using all means, in order to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons. He added that, while Israel prefers diplomacy in order to deny Iran the possibility of developing nuclear weapons, it reserves the right to self-defense and to action against Iran in order to block its nuclear program, should the international community not succeed in the relevant time frame.

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