IAEA and Independence of International Organizations

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

An Iranian official says the world must beware of the Zionist lobby's intention to undermine the independence of international organizations.

"The US-led global arrogance and the Zionist regime are trying to influence international bodies," said the Iranian MP, Kazem Jalali.

"If reports are found against their policies, they will make every effort to tarnish the establishment's reputation," he added. Jalali made the remarks in regard to the Israeli officials' recent accusations that the IAEA was playing into Tehran's hands over its nuclear program.

He also anticipated that ElBaradei and the IAEA would continue "to maintain the independence of the UN body and not give in to the pressure exerted by hegemonic powers."