Ali Bagheri-Kani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator. FILE Photo

Atrocities Tribunal Says Top Iran Diplomat Demanded UK Stop Its Work

11/13/2021

The Iran Atrocities Tribunal in London, quoting unnamed “European sources”, says Iran’s nuclear negotiator demanded that Britain stop the work of the Tribunal.

The official Twitter channel of the Tribunal, launched by human rights defenders, reported on Friday that Ali Bagheri-Kani, Iran’s deputy foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator who visited the UK Foreign Office on Thursday threatened to stop part of his nuclear talks with world powers if the Tribunal continued its workd.

The tribunal, organized by several human rights groups convened in London from Wednesday to Saturday to examine the atrocities and violence against protesters in Iran in November 2019, during which hundreds of unarmed demonstrators were killed by security forces.

Multiple witnesses from Iran and abroad testified during the Tribunal, recounting how security forces used violence against protesters and presenting evidence on the role of Iran’s top leaders in ordering the violence.

Bagheri-Kani was on a tour of European capitals this week in the runup to a new round of talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement known as the JCPOA. Iran has hardened its posture in recent days, demanding that the United States lift all sanction at once prior to the conclusion of the talks.

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