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US Pulls Up Iran For Arm Twisting Nuclear Inspectors

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the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Kazem Gharib Abadi, the inspector

Iran’s detention of a woman nuclear inspectors from the United Nations Atomic Agency has not only got the official agency upset, but given the United States just another reason to lash out its biggest economic foe.

According to Iran’s to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  Kazem Gharib Abadi, the inspector had been stopped from entering the Natanz nuclear facility after an alarm went off at the entrance. Apparently equipment that detect traces of nitrate explosives on the inspector. He said the procedure was repeated several times and the alarm went off again.

What is being described by Iran as a precautionary measure is looking like a sure-shot way of holding back inspectors, before Tehran decided to start enriching its centrifuges which were suppose to be used for civil purpose only. This has been looked at the first step to going completely contrary to the 2015 Nuclear deal where Iran had promised not to use Fordow as an active nuclear site, but for research purposes only.

The UN Atomic Agency is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of various enrichment facilities in Iran, to ensure its use as per the terms agreed in the 2015 Nuclear Deal. It had asked Iran for an explanation when traces of radioactive material were found at the Turquz Abad, a now-dismantled site in the capital Tehran. Iran refused to comment at that moment in September.

Currently, Iran has made an official statement claiming it is fully cooperating with the UNAA and IAEA. However, in the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo feels that Iran “is positioning itself for a rapid nuclear breakout,” following Iran’s announcement this week that it was resuming enriching uranium at its underground nuclear plant at Fordow, near Iran’s holy city of Qom.

Israel on its part had already sounded an alarm bell when it came across an Israeli archive of documents in a raid conducted in Iran in 2018. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also shared satellite images of a nuclear facility than Iran had secretly used and then destroyed. That was the first of  the latest volley in Israel’s campaign imploring world powers to heap more diplomatic pressure on Tehran, On its part, now Pompeo is speaking on behalf of Trump when he says that “it is now time for all nations to reject its nuclear extortion and increase pressure.”

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