Russia criticizes US over threat of escalation with Iran at IAEA


The Iranian flag flies in front of the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria on March 1, 2021. REUTERS / Lisi Niesner

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VIENNA, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday berated the United States for threatening to diplomatically escalate Iran to the UN nuclear watchdog next month unless it improves his cooperation with the agency, saying it could undermine broader discussions on the Iran nuclear deal.

The United States on Thursday threatened to confront Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency if it does not give in on at least one of the many conflicts with the IAEA, including its refusal to allow the IAEA to resettle. cameras in a workshop after an apparent attack. in June.

“I think this shows that our American counterparts are losing patience, but I think we all need to control our emotions,” Russian Ambassador to the IAEA Mikhail Ulyanov said at a press conference with his Chinese counterpart. .

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“I do not welcome this particular statement by the US delegation (to the IAEA). It is not helpful.”

Indirect talks between the United States and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the major powers are set to resume on Monday after a five-month hiatus that began after the elections that brought the Iranian president to power Ebrahim Raisi.

The 2015 agreement lifted sanctions against Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear activities. Then-President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions against Tehran.

Iran responded by violating numerous restrictions, reducing the time it would need to obtain enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb if it so wished. Tehran denies ever looking for atomic weapons.

“The United States has not negotiated with the Iranians for a very long time and has forgotten that the Iranians do nothing under pressure. If they are under pressure, they resist,” Ulyanov said, apparently referring to the fact that the American and Iranian envoys are not meeting directly.

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Reporting by François Murphy, editing by William Maclean

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