Iran has barred 38 nuclear inspectors on a United Nations list from entering the country, the foreign minister said Monday in what appeared to be retaliation for the U.N. sanctions imposed last month.
The rejected officials are on a list of potential inspectors drawn up by the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit and monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“The act of rejecting some inspectors is legal and in accordance with the agency’s regulations,” Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told the official Islamic Republic News Agency. He said others on the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s list remain eligible, but did not explain how Iran decided which inspectors to bar.
The IAEA “submits a long list of inspectors to member countries and the countries have the right to oppose the visit by some inspectors,” Mottaki said.
The United States rebuked Iran for the move. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said it was “another example of the Iranians trying to dictate the terms to the international community â€” in this case, the IAEA.”
Everyone knows that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons program. What is there to inspect?
Nothing but what the Iranian Mullahs want the IAEA to see.
And from Flap’s view there may not be much infrastructure of a nuclear program left – and soon.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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