16 September 2023

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi announced and criticised Iran’s decision “to withdraw the designation of several experienced Agency inspectors assigned to conduct verification activities in Iran under the NPT Safeguards Agreement”. “With today’s decision”, he asserted, “Iran has effectively removed about one third of the core group of the Agency’s most experienced inspectors designated for Iran… [which] affects in a direct and severe way the ability of the IAEA to conduct effectively its inspections in Iran”. On 18 September, the U.S., UK, Germany and France jointly condemned Iran’s action and urged it to “immediately reverse these inspector de-designations and fully cooperate with the Agency to enable them to provide assurances that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful”.

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