Iranian explains causes of barring IAEA inspector from nuclear facility

VIENNA, Iran’s Permanent Representative to the international organizations in Vienna Kazem Gharibabadi reaffirmed that an IAEA inspector was barred from entering the Natanz uranium enrichment facility because she carried “suspicious materials.” Speaking at a special meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors on Thursday, he said the inspector tested positive for carrying suspicious materials, which prompted the security officers at the site to detain her briefly yesterday.

The security detectors sounded the alarm as the inspector was entering the site, thus activating the necessary procedures, he said, noting that the security of the nuclear sites is unnegotiable. Gharibabadi affirmed that Iran “will not compromise under any circumstances the national security or the safety of our nuclear facilities.” “We urge the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to cooperate with us in conducting a thorough investigation into the incident,” he said, noting that the UN nuclear watchdog has already informed Iran of its readiness to do so.

Source: Kuwait News Agency