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Germany slams Iran for barring IAEA nuclear inspectors

September 18, 2023 at 4:07 pm

File picture dated April 3, 2007 shows an Iranian flag outside the building housing the reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power at plant Natanz facility [BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP FILES/AFP via Getty Images]

Germany strongly condemned Iran, on Monday, for barring several International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors from monitoring the country’s atomic program, Anadolu Agency reports.

We strongly condemn this step. We find it rather regrettable and consider it a step in the completely wrong direction

Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Christian Wagner, told media representatives in Berlin.

“Our message to Iran is very clear: it must abide by its international obligations,” he added.

The UN nuclear watchdog harshly criticised Iran on Saturday for effectively barring several of its most experienced inspectors from monitoring the Islamic Republic’s atomic program.

The strongly worded statement follows long-standing tensions between Iran and the IAEA, which is tasked with monitoring that country’s nuclear program, as Western powers have long suspected it is geared at eventually developing a nuclear weapon. Iran, for its part, has repeatedly insisted the program is peaceful.

Rafael Mariano Grossi, head of the IAEA, said Iran had withdrawn the designation of “several experienced agency inspectors”.

Grossi also condemned Iran’s “disproportionate and unprecedented” move to bar multiple inspectors assigned to the country, hindering their oversight of Tehran’s atomic activities.

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