Iran Says it is Within Their Right to Ban Certain UN Inspectors

Iran Says it is Within Their Right to Ban Certain UN Inspectors

Iran Says it is Within Their Right to Ban Certain UN Inspectors

On Tuesday, Iran said that they have the right to ban certain UN inspectors from entering the country.  The latest controversy surrounding the Iranian nuclear program comes after the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) released a report that claimed Iran has made it difficult for the UN to monitor their nuclear program by not allowing certain UN inspectors in the country.

Iran claims that it has the right, under the current agreement, to bar certain inspectors from participating when UN inspectors look into their nuclear facilities.  Earlier this year Iran barred two UN inspectors from entering the country because Iranian officials claimed the inspectors had lied in previous reports about the nuclear capabilities and plans of the country.  Iran has even said that behind closed doors the UN has admitted that the inspectors were less than truthful in their reports; however, they refuse to do so publicly.

The most current development has been caused because Iran sees no need for the UN to inspect their heavy water plant.  Iran believes that inspection of that facility does not fall under the agreement they have in place with the UN.  Western leaders are fearful that Iran may configure the facility in a way that would allow them to enrich uranium and assemble atomic weapons.  Iran allowed inspectors to investigate the same facility in August of last year.

Iran has said that if the UN can convince them of a good reason why the facility needs to be inspected they will allow UN inspections.  However, they insist the plant will only be used to make isotopes for agricultural and health reasons.


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