FM Zarif: IAEA inspections no pretext for spying on Iran military secrets
Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif said Wed. that the IAEA’s inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities cannot be used as a pretext to learn about the Islamic Republic’s military secrets.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that upon arrival in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday in reaction to Amano’s recent remarks about inspection of Iran’s military sites, adding “the manner of IAEA’s inspections has been clearly stated both within the Additional Protocol as well as the framework of the JCPOA. Iran has proved to the Agency over and over again that it has remained committed to its JCPOA-related obligations, therefore no IAEA inspection will be allowed to be used as a pretext to spy on our military secrets. Paragraph 74 of Appendix A of the nuclear deal has also stressed this fact.”
“Iran and Russia need further coordination against US policies toward the JCPOA,” Zarif stressed.
He went on to add, “Tehran and Moscow have backed each other’s positions in international organizations and bilateral meetings. Russia has also shown good support for Iran with regard to the nuclear deal.”
The Iranian top diplomat stressed that the two countries have had good regional cooperation in pushing terrorists out of the Syrian soil, adding “politics-wise, Iran and Russia’s cooperation with Turkey within the framework of Astana Process on Syrian Settlement has also yielded good results.”
“One of the regional issues that must always be considered as a case of cooperation with friendly and neighboring countries is Syria,” Zarif said, adding that one of the goals of his visit to Russia is further coordination between the two countries for fighting terrorism in Syria.