Envoy warns of world’s losing of ‘last bastion of multilateralism’

TEHRAN, Jun. 18 (MNA) – Kazem Gharibabadi, Permanent Representative to the international organizations in Vienna, warned that the world may lose its ‘last bastion of multilateralism’.

“Vienna is almost the last bastion of multilateralism that was able to maintain its true spirit in recent years, but unfortunately it will be a forgotten story if the IAEA Board does not show enough prudence this week,” he tweeted on Wednesday night.

The remarks come as Iran's Foreign Ministry has already warned the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Board of Governors against targeting Tehran under pressure from the United States and Israel.

“Should an unconstructive decision as such be taken, Iran is likely to respond with a proportionate reaction,” ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in Tehran on Monday during a regular press briefing, adding, “They can probably guess what Iran’s reaction will be.”

The Board is discussing a controversial report about Iran’s nuclear activities. The report apparently alleged that “Iran has for months blocked inspections at two sites where nuclear activity may have occurred in the past,” AFP reported earlier in the month.

The Islamic Republic, however, strongly rejects any allegations of non-cooperation with the IAEA, insisting that it is prepared to resolve any potentially outstanding differences with the United Nations nuclear agency.

“The basis of the meeting is allegations made by the Zionist regime,” Mousavi said, denouncing the IAEA for acting on Israel’s claims. The agency should instead retain its neutrality and base its reports on concrete and legally-obtained information.

Tel Aviv and Washington are notorious for continually alleging the existence of diversionary aspects to Iran’s nuclear activities. This is while the agency has closed a dossier addressing “possible military dimensions” of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

“They are opening up a closed case. The basis for their allegations is the information that is claimed to have been obtained through espionage by the Zionist regime and [Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” Mousavi said.

The spokesman called it “regrettable” that the agency has chosen to ignore Tehran’s long history of cooperation with it in favor of the accusations leveled by the Israeli regime, which is infamous for its antagonism towards Iran’s Islamic establishment and the international order.

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