Pompeo Calls On Iran To Provide IAEA Inspectors With Rights, Immunity
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 09th November, 2019) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Friday on Iran to provide inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with their rights and immunity.
On Wednesday, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) confirmed media reports that it had prevented an IAEA inspector from examining the Natanz plant. According to the AEOI, the security equipment at the facility's entrance had shown the presence of suspicious materials among the inspector's belongings.
"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," Pompeo said in a statement.
Pompeo called the incident "an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation."
Iran announced the gradual reduction of its JCPOA obligations on May 8, which marked the first anniversary of the US' unilateral pullout from the nuclear pact. Tehran then said that it would start abandoning some parts of its nuclear obligations every 60 days unless European signatories to the deal ensured Iran's interests amid Washington's reinstated sanctions.