Iran’s supreme leader warned Sunday against “bullying” based on “unfounded claims” and urged cooperation with the UN nuclear inspectors.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iranian nuclear scientists, professionals, and authorities that cooperation with the IAEA within safeguards laws should be continued.
The supreme leader said Sunday that “the existing infrastructure of the nuclear industry should not be touched” but that agreements may be achieved in some areas.
Khamenei stated Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization “need not succumb to the pressure of unfounded claims and demands based on bullying,” without elaborating.
Western nations have sanctioned Iran for its nuclear program, crippling its economy.
Iran received sanctions relief from world powers in exchange for limiting its nuclear program in 2015.
In 2018, the US unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions, prompting Tehran to reverse its nuclear activity restrictions, including uranium enrichment.
Reviving the contract has failed.
After months of haggling over radioactive material found in undeclared facilities, the UN agency deemed the file closed in late May.
The watchdog also warned that Iran has dramatically boosted its enriched uranium stockpile in recent months.
Iran claims its nuclear efforts are peaceful.
According to “our Islamic principles,” Khamenei denied nuclear weapon acquisition on Sunday.
“Otherwise they would not have been able to stop it,” he added.