Tehran raises its voice. Iran announced that it had taken retaliatory measures against the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) following a resolution by the latter criticizing lack of cooperation from Tehran. The IAEA’s initiative was welcomed by the UK, France, Germany and the United States.
“The implementation of these measures was carried out today [dimanche] in the presence of IAEA inspectors at the enrichment complexes [d’uranium] of Natanz and Ferdo,” said Nasser Kanani, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, without specifying the nature of the retaliatory measures.
Thursday, for the second time this year, the board of governors of the UN agency based in Vienna had adopted a resolution critical of Iran by 26 votes out of 35. Russia and China had voted against.
An IAEA visit could be canceled
The reason for the discord at the origin of the two resolutions is the same: the absence of “technically credible” answers concerning traces of enriched uranium found on three undeclared sites. In addition, Nasser Kanani spoke on Monday of the likelihood of canceling the visit planned by an IAEA delegation to Iran.
“The IAEA delegation’s trip to Tehran had been approved as part of the agreement with the agency. However, after the adoption of the political resolution approved with the support of the United States and three European countries, Iran’s next steps will be taken in accordance with the new conditions,” he said.