Iran bars UN nuclear inspectors

Two inspectors declared persona non-grata for authoring "false" report.

    Iran insists that its nuclear programme has purely peaceful intentions [EPA]

    'Fully accurate'

    Iran has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to replace the two inspectors with new officials who would be allowed to visit the country's nuclear
    facilities, he said.

    "The IAEA has full confidence in the professionalism and impartiality of the inspectors concerned"

    Greg Webb,
    IAEA spokesman

    Salehi did not say what elements of the report he did not believe were accurate.

    Alaeddin Borujerdi, who heads the parliament's foreign policy commission, last week called for action against the IAEA inspectors, citing the same reasons as Salehi.

    The IAEA has rejected Iranian claims that its inspectors had falsely reported information about Tehran's nuclear work.

    "The IAEA has full confidence in the professionalism and impartiality of the inspectors concerned," Greg Webb, an IAEA spokesman, said in a statement.

    "The agency confirms that its report on the implementation of safeguards in Iran, issued on 31 May 2010, is fully accurate."

    He said the IAEA would continue to monitor the situation but did not confirm whether the agency would send alternative inspectors instead.

    UAE takes action

    The West accuses Iran of seeking to build a nuclear bomb, a charge that Tehran has repeatedly denied.

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    The IAEA said in late May that Iran was preparing extra equipment to enrich uranium to higher levels and continued to stockpile nuclear material.

    On June 9, the UN Security Council imposed a fourth set of sanctions on Iran, including financial and military restrictions.

    The resolution bans the sale to Iran of eight new types of heavy  weapons and applies new restrictions on Iranian investments abroad.

    The United Arab Emirates has closed down 40 international and local businesses as part of a crackdown on companies that violate UN sanctions on Iran, according to a newspaper report published on Monday.

    The Gulf News, quoting an unnamed UAE official, said the companies had been dealing in "dual-use and dangerous materials banned under UN resolutions and the nuclear non-proliferation treaty," quoting an unnamed  UAE official.

    "Operations of any company in the UAE proved to have connections with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, other entities or individuals subject to the UN asset freeze will immediately be shut  down," the official said.

    About 400,000 Iranians are based in the UAE and for years, Iran has maintained active trade relations with Dubai, one of the emirates.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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