Iran has withdrawn the appointment of several International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors, the agency’s director general Rafael Grossi said.
“These inspectors are among the agency’s most experienced experts, with unique expertise in enrichment technologies. <...> With today’s decision, Iran has effectively removed about a third of the core group of the agency’s most experienced inspectors igned to Iran,” Grossi said, as quoted by the press service.
The head of the IAEA condemned the republic’s decision and noted that it affects “the normal planning and conduct of the agency’s verification activities in Iran and openly contradicts cooperation.”
Iran has already recalled inspectors. In 2019, Tehran revoked the accreditation of an agency inspector who oversaw work at the Natanz nuclear facility after it resumed uranium enrichment. There is an agreement on safeguards under the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) between Iran and the IAEA.
IAEA inspectors also work at the Zaporozhye NPP, which was taken under Russian control in February 2022. On June 7, it was reported that the number of inspectors at the station will increase several times. Advisor to the General Director of Rosenergoatom Renat Karchaa noted that the Russian side always takes comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of agency employees.