IAEA Chief Grossi Criticizes Iran: Restriction of Nuclear Inspections and Global Nuclear Security

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: November 22, 2023; 16:33 ♦ (Vindobona)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its director Rafael Grossi are in a growing conflict with Iran over the monitoring of Iran's nuclear program. Tehran's recent decision to withdraw the accreditation of several IAEA inspectors has caused considerable concern.

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the IAEA, gave his opening speech at the 1696th meeting of the Board of Governors at the Agency's headquarters in Vienna and sharply criticized Tehran's treatment of nuclear inspectors. / Picture: © IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency / Dean Calma / Flickr Attribution (CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has expressed his concern in Vienna about the latest developments in Iran. Tehran's refusal to grant access to experienced IAEA inspectors has significantly limited the monitoring of Iran's nuclear program and, according to Grossi, represents a "very serious blow" to the agency's capabilities.

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