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Iran’s curtailing cooperation with IAEA will give grounds for speculations — diplomat

Collaboration with the IAEA will enhance Iran’s positions in dialogue with the international community, Russia's deputy foreign minister claimed

MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has called on Iran to continue full-scale cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) not to give Tehran’s opponents grounds for speculations.

Iranian officials, in his words, say now and then that the country may curtail its cooperation with the IAEA.

"We don’t think this is the right way. We think it will be in the interests of the Iranian side to continue full-scale cooperation with the IAEA under the additional protocol to the safeguards agreement," he said on Monday. "It will strengthen Iran’s positions in dialogue with the international community and, what is most important, will give no grounds to Tehran’s opponents to speculate on the lack of information about what is going on concerning Iran’s nuclear program."

In this context, the diplomat called on Tehran not to give those who are seeking to destabilize the situation in the region "extra material to fuel tensions." "We believe it would be counterproductive," he added.

Speaker of Iran’s parliament Ali Larijani stated earlier Tehran would dramatically change its relations with the IAEA in case European nations "take unfair measures while using" the dispute resolution mechanism in the Iran nuclear deal.