Iran bans two IAEA inspectors
Iran prevents two UN nuclear inspectors from entering the Islamic Republic, the ISNA news agency reported on Monday.
In the latest twist in Iran's defiance of UN sanctions, Iranian nuclear energy chief Ali Akhbar Salehi issued a statement that Tehran would not permit two UN inspectors entry into Iran, the ISNA news agency reported Monday.
The decision came following Iranian claims that the two unnamed inspectors had authored an "untruthful" report about Iran's nuclear program. The IAEA report published in May detailed Iran's preparation of extra equipment to enrich uranium to higher levels while continuing to stockpile nuclear materials.
"Their report was utterly untruthful" claimed Salehi. "If an inspector makes a report contrary to the standing we have the right to protest it", he added. Salehi proceeded to request that two other officials be sent instead of the inspectors accused of disseminating misinformation.
Later on Monday, Iran's IAEA envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh told reporters that Iran would continue to allow UN atomic inspectors to monitor its nuclear work, despite barring the two IAEA officials from entering the country.
"Those two are not designated inspectors anymore. The other inspectors are though, they can of course visit. Inspections are continuing without any interruption," Soltanieh said.
"We have to show more vigilance about the performance of the inspectors to protect the confidentiality," he added.
Iran's barring of the two inspectors came less than two weeks after the UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran.