Selin ATAY-TDO- After Iran suspended an Additional Protocol granting special inspection permits to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors, Ned Price, Department Spokesperson said Tehran's administration is going in the wrong direction and moving away from its restrictions on its nuclear issue.
The spokesman for the United States Department of State cited the IAEA's report on Iran, saying Iran continues to exceed the uranium enrichment limits set out in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement signed in 2015.
Iran has recently taken steps to reduce cooperation with the IAEA, including the Additional Protocol to the security inspection agreement, Price recalled. "We reiterated our concern that Iran is going in the wrong direction," Price said in his speech. Iran is moving away from its nuclear obligations. Our goal is to achieve a result that will fulfill the obligations of the United States and Iran under JCPA. However, the steps taken are going in the wrong direction," he said.
"We insist that Iran cooperate with the IAEA as soon as possible on these issues," Price said, adding that the IAEA is examining many more serious issues, especially the undeclared nuclear stockpile against Iran.
The spokesperson also touched on China's activities in Xinjiang during the press conference. Price recalled that Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said that "what happened in Xinjiang was a genocide." "We have also been clear that crimes against humanity have also been committed. Other countries are also interested in this. There are ongoing processes in different capitals," Price said.