Iran Prevents IAEA Inspector’s Visit to N. Site for Carrying “Suspicious” Materials

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TEHRAN (FNA)- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced that it has not allowed an inspector of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to enter a nuclear site for carrying “suspicious” materials.

The AEOI said in a statement on Wednesday that the female inspector left her mission unfinished and flew out of Iran after security staff at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility didn’t let her in.

“As it is protocol, all of the IAEA inspectors’ belongings are closely inspected and scanned before they enter any of the country’s nuclear facilities,” it added.

“Upon this lady inspector’s entry, the security control machines sounded the alarm and denied her entry,” the statement said, adding then that Iran had reported the issue to the IAEA.

Iran also told the IAEA in a report that the inspector’s previous admissions at various sites were all scrapped and as a result, she decided to abort her mission and go back to the Austrian capital of Vienna.

The report also asked the agency to help with investigations into the matter and it accepted.

“The investigations are ongoing,” the AEOI said, noting that the Iranian mission at the IAEA would present it with a comprehensive report on the matter on Thursday.

The IAEA monitors have been traveling in and out of Iran over the past months amid Tehran’s decision to cut back on its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in response to violations by the US and a lack of action to salvage the accord on part of the European signatories — the UK, France and Germany.

Iran on Wednesday midnight took the fourth step to scale down its nuclear deal undertakings by injecting gas into 1,044 centrifuges at Fordo nuclear site.

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