United Nations nuclear chief’s visit to Tehran no link to US push to impose sanctions

Vastavam web: Iran said Sunday that an upcoming visit this week by the head of the UN’s atomic watchdog agency to Tehran has nothing to do with a US push to impose so-called snapback sanctions on Iran. The Trump administration last week dismissed near-universal opposition to its demand to restore all UN sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown for the snapback of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers had begun.

US allies and foes have joined forces to declare the action illegal and doomed to failure. The US argues that Iran has violated the restrictions imposed on its nuclear programme under the 2015 deal, a charge Tehran has dismissed. Gharibabadi said the visit by the IAEA chief Rafael Grossi comes within the framework of Iran’s invitation.

We do not allow others to manage Iran,” he said, adding that Iran’s trust in the IAEA has been damaged in recent months.” He expressed hope Grossi’s visit will lead to building trust. It is important to assure Tehran that the agency will move based on impartiality, independence and professionalism, said Gharibabadi.

Source: PTI