The Council of Commanders of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today adopted a resolution calling on Tehran to strengthen its cooperation with the IAEA and lift its recent ban on inspections, despite concerns that Iran will respond with further escalation.

The resolution passed by 20 votes to two with 12 abstentions, diplomats said.

It follows a previous resolution 18 months ago that required Iran to urgently comply with the IAEA’s multi-year investigation into traces of uranium found at undeclared sites.

Although the number of sites under investigation has now been reduced to two from three previously, Iran has yet to provide convincing answers to the IAEA about how traces of uranium were found there.

In September, Iran revoked the credentials of IAEA inspectors tasked with overseeing Tehran’s nuclear program. IAEA chief Rafael Grossi spoke of a “disproportionate and unprecedented” blow to the Organization’s ability to carry out its mission.

In today’s resolution, the Council “calls on Iran to reverse the de-accreditation of several senior Agency inspectors”, stressing that this is necessary for the effective conduct of IAEA investigations in Iran.

The Iranian delegation to the United Nations characterizes the IAEA resolution as frivolous and reckless

The Iranian delegation to the United Nations called the adoption of a resolution against Tehran by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “reckless and reckless”, as broadcast by state television in Iran.

The IAEA’s Board of Governors today adopted a resolution calling on Iran to strengthen its cooperation with the agency and to reverse the recent de-accreditation of senior inspectors tasked with overseeing Tehran’s nuclear program.

The decision of the Western countries was reckless and reckless, and will undoubtedly have a disastrous effect on the process of diplomatic contacts and constructive cooperation“, Iran’s delegation to the United Nations said, according to the Iranian TV report.