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Iran Says International Nuclear Inspectors Free To Visit And Conduct Verification

Kazem Gharib-Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (L). File photo

Iran’s permanent representative at the UN nuclear watchdog has said “there are no limitations” for international inspectors to visit Iran and perform their work.

Kazem Gharib-Abadi was quoted by Iran’s Mizan news agency as saying that even with the coronavirus epidemic inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), based in Vienna, can continue their work in Iran.

However, Iran’s representative left the decision for visiting Iran to the inspectors themselves.

IAEA had complained on March 9 that Iran was not allowing inspections of two nuclear sites. IAEA has identified three sites as possible places where Iran had undeclared uranium stocks or nuclear activities.

According to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world power known as JCPOA, Iran must allow the UN agency to conduct regular inspections.

IAEA says that it has sent three letters to Iran requesting access to the suspected sites and has not received any response.

Meanwhile Gharib-Abadi has told Mizan that with or without verification by inspectors Iran remains committed to “transparency”.