Iran's Permanent Mission to the UN in Vienna has called the US request for a meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog a “sad irony."
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said July 5 it will hold an emergency meeting on Iran's nuclear program next week, days after Tehran breached one of the limits set in a 2015 deal with world powers.
The meeting of the IAEA's board of governors, which follows a US request, is set to be held on July 10, an IAEA spokesman said.
In a series of tweets, Iran's mission said, “The fact that the US, as the prime violator of the JCPOA, has tabled this request, indicates its isolation in contradicting multilateralism and rule of law in international affairs.”
The statements by the mission also defend Iran’s decision to scale back on the implementation of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Iran’s recent decisions, which are exercised in response to the situation caused by the US, including by imposing sanctions on all who want to implement their commitments under the JCPOA, tend to bring about the lost balance of the deal and are fully in line w/ its provisions,” one tweet says.
Iran’s Vienna mission to the UN also argues that Iran’s actions are not related to the nuclear watchdog and are only linked with the agreement’s provisions. The IAEA monitors Iran’s nuclear installations and activities, and it has verified that so far Iran has carried out its obligations under the JCPOA.