Washington, June 7 — A day before the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is set to meet with Iran over its nuclear program, the Islamic Republic is accusing the nuclear watchdog of acting like a “Western-manipulated intelligence agency.”
While verbally attacking the IAEA, Iran is hard at work developing missiles and delivery systems that could enable the missiles to hit the United States – along with several other major international cities. The missile program is “aimed at America, not us,” Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon said at an international conference in February.
Iranian leaders have repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction, denied the Holocaust and expressed a willingness to share their nuclear know-how with like-minded entities. Iran also arms, funds and trains its proxies Hezbollah and Hamas, designated terror organizations that sit on Israel’s borders.
Despite reports that Iran appeared to be more cooperative following recent talks in Baghdad about its program, Iran’s IAEA ambassador has instead accused the nuclear body of overstepping its bounds.
"Unfortunately the agency, which is supposed to be an international technical organisation, is somehow playing the role of an intelligence agency," Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said.
Such comments have not played well with IAEA officials.
Acting U.S. envoy to the IAEA Robert Wood said the remarks were "extremely unfortunate.” Wood also expressed pessimism that the two sides would reach any sort of deal Friday.
"Iran needs to stop trying to undermine the integrity of the agency and its work and cooperate with the agency to answer all the outstanding questions with regard to its nuclear programme," Wood said.