US, Canadian Envoys Storm Out of IAEA After Iran Criticizes Israel

Reportedly Accused Israel of 'Genocide' During Closed-Door Meeting

After railing against Iran’s “commitment to deception and defiance” of US demands, newly appointed US Ambassador to the IAEA Joseph Macmanus stormed out of the meeting in anger, along with Canadian and Australian counterparts, during Iranian envoy Ali Soltanieh’s comments.

The record of the closed-door meeting was not made public, but Soltanieh reported referred to an Israeli policy of “genocide” during his comments, at which time the envoys got up and left in unison.

In comments after the meeting, Soltanieh reiterated Iran’s opposition to IAEA demands for access to military sites without any relation to their nuclear program, and complained that the bureaucrats in Vienna have been trying to micromanage the IAEA’s operations in Iran, instead of letting the inspectors and negotiators on the ground actually have the authority to make deals.

Last week Iran engaged in talks with the P5+1, including the United States, on their nuclear program. Everyone involved, excluding the United States, has agreed considerable progress was made in those talks, while the US has made daily comments condemning Iran since the meeting ended.

Author: Jason Ditz

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