Iran to cooperate with IAEA despite ban on inspectors' entry: spokesman

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Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the country's ban on two International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors does not mean Iran lacks in cooperation will, the local ISNA news agency reported.

"Iran banned the two IAEA inspectors because reporting Iran's nuclear issue falsely and leaking its nuclear information to individuals who are not involved in the issue is an offense," Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

"In such a case we have the right to ban them from entering into nuclear facilities and call for new ones," Mehmanparast told reporters in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

He added that Iran has called for new inspectors.

"This measure does not mean that we do not cooperate with the inspectors and the IAEA; we are living up with our commitments with the agency and our request for change of inspectors is our right," ISNA quoted him as saying.

"Iran is among the countries which have well cooperated with the agency and received many monitoring stations. Naturally the IAEA inspectors should comply with their commitments," said Mehmanparast.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said Monday that Iran has banned two IAEA inspectors from visiting its nuclear facilities because they filed false information on the country's nuclear program, ISNA reported.

"The two inspectors of the IAEA presented false reports on Iran 's nuclear activities, so based on safeguards agreement, we called for banning their arrival in Iran for inspection," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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