Sep 22, 2021, 8:09 PM
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Iran blasts US, UK double-standards in AUKUS deal

London, IRNA – Iran’s ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi on Wednesday criticized double-standard policies taken by the United States and the UK in a recent deal for the sale of military submarines with more than 90% nuclear fuel to Australia.

Speaking during the 65th IAEA General Conference, Gharibabadi expressed regret that both the United States and the UK blame Iran for uranium enrichment up to 60% which is merely for humanitarian and peaceful means. 

He said that Iran has always argued that each IAEA member state is entitled to pursue a civilian nuclear program, regardless of the level of enrichment, based on its needs and in accordance with the UN nuclear agency’s safeguards. 

Noting that Australia needs to reach an agreement with the Agency on safeguards, the Iranian envoy said that the IAEA will need to have access to high enriched nuclear materials in Australia at any agreed reasonable time.    

The IAEA is also expected to regularly inform its Board of Governors about this important issue, he said, however noting that the United States and the UK have endangered the disarmament and non-proliferation issues. 

Both the US and the UK have to give up double-standard policies and stop endangering their commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Article 3 in particular, under the fabricated pretexts of strategic concerns.

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