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Iran, Russia Strongly Critise US at IAEA’s Special Meeting

VIENNA: Iran and Russia strongly criticised America’s call for Tehran to adhere to limits in a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, at a special meeting of the UN’s nuclear watchdog.

The meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was requested by the US after it was confirmed last week that Iran had exceeded the stockpile of enriched uranium permitted under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US Ambassador to International Organisations in Vienna Jackie Wolcott told the meeting that Iran was engaged in “nuclear extortion”.

“There is no way to read this as anything other than a crude and transparent attempt to extort payments from the international community,” Wolcott said.

Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharib-Abadi said it was a “sad irony that this meeting is convened with the request of the United States”.

The US had approached various delegations before requesting to convene the special meeting but in the end had to make the request itself, said Iran’s ambassador.

“We have been informed that the United States were seeking to have some formal outcome of this meeting, something like a resolution […] but because they haven’t been in a position to convince the others to have their support for their claim, regarding consideration of Iran’s ceasing its implementation of the JCPOA, there has been no conclusion,” he told Press TV following the special session.

“The majority of the members of the Board supported the JCPOA, multilateralism and deplored unilateral actions of the US,” he added.

The Iranian envoy earlier told the IAEA’s special meeting that “the sadistic tendency of the United States to use illegal, unilateral sanctions as an instrument to coerce sovereign states and private entities should come to an end.”