Iran rejects G7 statement, says IAEA talks ‘progressing’

This photo was taken on on March 4, 2023. Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami (R) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi hold a press conference in Tehran. (PHOTO / AFP)

TEHRAN – Iran on Wednesday said the negotiations between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are "progressing", and rejected as "baseless and meddlesome" accusations leveled against Tehran in a communique by the Group of Seven (G7).

IAEA claims that Iran's uranium particles enriched to up to 83.7 percent purity, very close to weapons, and Iran's non-cooperation with an investigation into traces of uranium at three undeclared sites

The IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi paid a two-day visit to Tehran in early March, it came as the differences between Iran and the IAEA claims that "Iran's uranium particles enriched to up to 83.7 percent purity, very close to weapons," and Iran's "non-cooperation" with an investigation into traces of uranium at "three undeclared sites."

Iran rejected the first claim as "inaccurate" and the second as "baseless."

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The two sides then reached an agreement on further interactions based on Iran's cooperation and greater openness to IAEA's inspections.

'G7's statement baseless'

Separately, the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday rejecting G7 accusations leveled against Tehran as "baseless and meddlesome". 

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The Iranian Foreign Ministry denied the communique issued by the G7 foreign ministers in Japan on Tuesday, the group expressed concern over Iran's "destabilizing activities" and transfer of weapons to Russia, calling on Tehran to fulfill its legal obligations and political commitments regarding nuclear non-proliferation.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the G7 communique is the "unilateral approach" of the Western countries, to "impose" their own group's will on independent states and multilateral and collaborative international frameworks.

Iran is "determined" to continue its "constructive and technical" cooperation and interaction with the International Atomic Energy Agency within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, Iran has announced that it does not see special military operation as a solution to any crisis, declaring an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and settling the differences between the two warring parties through political negotiations.