The Saudi government accused the Iranian authorities of “continuing to pave the way for acquiring nuclear weapons,” considering that the safeguards system had become at stake due to “the policy of blackmail” by Tehran.
The Saudi ambassador to Austria and the kingdom’s representative to international organizations in Vienna, Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, said during the March session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, “The reports of its General Director show the Iranian side’s intransigence in dealing with its demands related to undeclared sites. About it over the past year and a half. ”
Prince Abdullah, who is the Kingdom’s governor at the International Atomic Energy Agency, said that Iran “continued to provide unsatisfactory responses that have no technical credibility, which reflects its lack of seriousness in cooperating with it, despite the Director General’s concern about the lack of progress on the pending issues related to safeguards, and the willingness. The agency to engage Iran in proactive efforts to clarify and settle these issues without further delay. ”
He added, “The Kingdom calls on Iran to fully cooperate with the agency in order to fulfill its requests and answer the inquiries submitted to it without further delay and procrastination, especially in light of the evidence that reinforces doubts about its intentions regarding its nuclear program.”
He stressed that “Iran apparently believes in a policy of nuclear blackmail, and this is clearly reflected in their public statements, and they are continuing to pave the way for acquiring a nuclear weapon, which is the intention of the Iranians behind this agreement from the beginning, which represents a real risk of spread in the region, and if It is not decisively contained and will lead to instability in the region and the world as a whole. ”
The representative of Saudi Arabia considered that “the international community should take a firm stand to stop the practice of extortion and provocation,” noting that “the responsibility to maintain the safeguards system that is at stake rests with the member states of the Board of Governors.”
Iran, which is Saudi Arabia’s biggest competitor in the region, began to reduce its obligations under the nuclear deal in 2019 in response to the withdrawal of the United States from the deal under its former president, Donald Trump, who imposed painful sanctions on the Iranian side.
Source: SPA + agencies