Envoy Raps Saudi Allegations against Iran’s Nuclear Program

Envoy Raps Saudi Allegations against Iran’s Nuclear Program

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian diplomat at the UN dismissed the accusations leveled by Saudi Arabia against Tehran’s peaceful nuclear activities, which he said are being pursued in conformity with the Islamic Republic’s rights and international commitments.

In a statement released on Thursday, Iran’s representative in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Heidar Ali Balouji, denounced the Saudi representative’s anti-Iran allegations.

He said Saudi Arabia, along with the Israeli regime, did their best to derail the negotiations that led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and afterward, missed no chance to seriously undermine the full and effective implementation of the deal and resolution 2231.

“They still pursue such policies and practices systematically and in gross violation of their explicit legal obligations under the Charter of the United Nations,” the Iranian envoy said.

“The representative of the KSA is raising questions about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program while it is still implementing an old version of SQPs, thus preventing the IAEA from being able to fully monitor and verify the Saudi’s nuclear activities,” he deplored.

The SQP or the small quantities protocol is a protocol to a comprehensive safeguards agreement concluded between the IAEA and a state on the basis that the state has less than specified minimal quantities of nuclear material and no nuclear material in a facility, Press TV reported.

In a speech before the First Committee, Riyadh’s ambassador, Abdullah bin Yahya al-Mouallimi, had claimed that Iran’s continued enrichment of uranium beyond the JCPOA limits “poses a threat to the security of the countries of the region.”

He had also described Iran’s ballistic missile program as “dangerous” and called for efforts to address Tehran’s “negative practices” and ensure that Iran would be prevented from “acquiring nuclear weapons.”

The Iranian envoy said in response, “On regional security, raising unfounded accusations against the defensive ballistic missile program of Iran is also an attempt to cover up the skyrocketing trend in the military expenditure of Saudi Arabia and its unquenchable appetite for importing deadly arms.”

While expressing hope that Riyadh will heed Iran’s calls to establish a dialogue within the region to address regional problems, Balouji said the real source of regional insecurity is the massive build-up of foreign forces and military installations, a large number of which are hosted by some regional countries, including Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian diplomat further emphasized that Tehran is committed to the full implementation of the JCPOA, provided that the other participants live up fully to their commitments and lift all unjust sanctions in a speedy and verifiable manner.

“On JCPOA, as we stated earlier, the uncontested reality is that so far, Iran has adhered to the JCPOA terms while US and E3 have failed to meet their JCPOA obligations,” he said.

The diplomat said that in addition to honoring their JCPOA commitments, the European countries need to put pressure on the US to return to full implementation of the JCPOA and UN Security Council resolution 2231.

Balouji’s remarks came after the UK representative to the UN General Assembly First Committee called on Iran to resume the Vienna talks without delay, saying, “Iran’s escalatory nuclear activity undermines the counter-proliferation value of the JCPOA and threatens its preservation.”

On allegations about Iran’s missile program, Balouji said Iran’s defensive missile capability is being pursued in line with the country’s inherent rights and international commitments.

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