Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief, Mohammad Eslami, has called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to not let "hostile measures" by Israel affect the country's cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

Iran (IMNA) - Speaking during a meeting with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi in Tehran on Tuesday, Eslami warned against attempts by "ill-wishers" to undermine Iran's positive engagement with the agency.

"Hostile measures against Iran, with a Zionist root, should be watched so as they do not affect the interaction between the two sides," he said.

Eslami hailed his "constructive" talks with Grossi and described a joint statement issued by Iran and the IAEA in March 2023 as a roadmap for future cooperation.

The statement recognized that bilateral positive engagements can pave the way for wider agreements among state parties, and that interactions will be carried out in a spirit of collaboration and in full conformity with the IAEA's competencies and Iran's rights and obligations.

Eslami emphasized that Iran will continue its interaction with the IAEA in three areas: resolving past issues, following up on current expectations and shortcomings within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Safeguards Agreement, and steps the IAEA should take for the future.

Over the past years, Iran has recorded many achievements in its peaceful nuclear energy program despite US sanctions and hurdles created by the West. The country has also been closely cooperating with the IAEA as a signatory to the NPT.

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