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Iran Calls The Nuclear Watchdog Meeting Requested By U.S., A 'Sad Irony'

File photo - Iranian governor to IAEA Kazem Gharib Abadi attends the opening of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, September 10, 2018

The Islamic Republic’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Vienna has called the U.S. request for a meeting of the nuclear watchdog IAEA a “sad irony”.

The UN's nuclear watchdog said July 5 it will hold an emergency meeting on Iran's nuclear program next week, days after Tehran breached one of the limits set in a 2015 deal with world powers.

The meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s board of governors, which follows a U.S. request, would be held "on 10 July at 14:30," an IAEA spokesman said.

Iran’s mission in a series of tweets said “The fact that the U.S, as the prime violator of the JCPOA, has tabled this request, indicates its isolation in contradicting multilateralism and rule of law in international affairs.”

The statements by the mission also defend Iran’s decision to scale back on the implementation of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, as the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers is known.

“Iran’s recent decisions, which are exercised in response to the situation caused by the U.S, including by imposing sanctions on all who want to implement their commitments under the JCPOA, tend to bring about the lost balance of the deal and are fully in line w/ its provisions”, one tweet says.

Iran’s Vienna mission to the UN also argues that Iran’s actions are not related to the nuclear watchdog and are only linked with the agreement’s provisions. The IAEA’s monitors Iran’s nuclear installations and activities and has verified that so far Iran has carried out its obligations under the JCPOA.