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World Pompeo slams Iran 'intimidation' of IAEA inspector as 'outrageous'

06:45  09 november  2019
06:45  09 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Pompeo slams Tehran's ' intimidation ' of IAEA inspector as ' outrageous '. The IAEA has not publicly commented on the incident with the inspector so far. "The United States fully supports the IAEA 's monitoring and verification activities in Iran , and we are alarmed at Iran 's lack of adequate

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Tehran's treatment of an inspector with the UN's nuclear watchdog agency last week as "an outrageous Iran said Thursday it had cancelled the inspector 's accreditation after she triggered an alarm last week at the entrance to the Natanz uranium

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Tehran's treatment of an inspector with the UN's nuclear watchdog agency last week as "an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation."

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was 'alarmed' at Iran's 'lack of adequate cooperation' with UN nuclear watchdog inspectors© HANNIBAL HANSCHKE US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was 'alarmed' at Iran's 'lack of adequate cooperation' with UN nuclear watchdog inspectors

The top US diplomat said Iran "detained" the inspector, who the International Atomic Energy Agency has said had been briefly prevented from leaving Iran.

Iran said Thursday it had cancelled the inspector's accreditation after she triggered an alarm last week at the entrance to the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.

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Iran ’s representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency , Kazem Gharib Abadi, told reporters after a special agency meeting in Vienna that after setting off Iran said IAEA officials were present for all the searches. The IAEA has not publicly commented on the incident with the inspector so far.

Pompeo also denounced Iran for its treatment of an IAEA inspector , whose accreditation was denied after she tested positively for explosive Pompeo opted for stronger language in his Friday statement, saying the inspector had been "detained" in an " outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation ."

The alarm during a check at the entrance to the plant in central Iran had raised concerns that she could be carrying a "suspect product" on her, Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said in a statement posted online.

As a result, she was denied entry, it added, without specifying whether or not anything had been found in her possession.

Iran's ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharib Abadi told reporters after a special agency meeting in Vienna that after setting off the alarms on October 28, the woman "sneaked out" to the bathroom while waiting for a more thorough inspection with a detector that can find a range of explosive materials.

After her return, the alarms did not go off again, but authorities found contamination in the bathroom and later on her empty handbag during a house search.

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Pompeo slams Tehran's ' intimidation ' of IAEA inspector as ' outrageous '.

The European Union and United States expressed concern on Thursday at Iran 's holding of an inspector from the U.N. nuclear watchdog last week, with the U.S. envoy to the agency calling it an " outrageous provocation" that must have consequences. Reuters first reported on Wednesday that.

Iran said IAEA officials were present for all the searches.

The IAEA has not publicly commented on the incident with the inspector so far.

"The United States fully supports the IAEA's monitoring and verification activities in Iran, and we are alarmed at Iran's lack of adequate cooperation," Pompeo said in a statement.

"IAEA inspectors must be allowed to conduct their critical work unimpeded. We call on Iran to immediately resolve all open issues with the IAEA and to afford Agency inspectors the privileges and immunities to which they are entitled."

Iran has been progressively scaling back its commitments under a landmark 2015 deal aimed at reining in Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The US left the agreement last year and re-imposed sanctions, leaving remaining world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- trying to save the agreement and mitigate the sanctions.

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