Iran says no state accepts IAEA inspectors' unprofessional acts

Iran Materials 26 January 2007 16:42 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - An Iranian diplomat said here Friday that the IAEA inspectors who refuse to do their main and legal jobs and carry out unprofessional measures are denied the entry to the country.

Speaking to IRNA on condition of anonymity, he said not only the Islamic Republic of Iran, but other members of the International Atomic Energy Agency do not accept such acts.

The diplomat made the remarks in response to a letter issued by the IAEA on Wednesday, calling Iran to reconsider its decision for banning entry of 38 IAEA inspectors to its territory, reports Trend.

The IAEA has introduced over 200 inspectors to inspect Iran's nuclear facilities, recalled the official, adding that the country reserves the right to ban entry of some of inspectors at any time and any stage.

Iran is fully cooperating with the IAEA on inspection and safeguards supervision, he said.

"The ban on entry of 38 IAEA inspectors was in line with our legal right," stressed the official, adding the ban was approved by members of parliament.

Shifting to the ban on a Belgium inspector, he said Iran had already called for the blacklisting of the inspector prior to the recent ban, he said.

Both Iran and IAEA are well aware of the fact that the Belgian inspector has leaked Iran's confidential information which should have been kept secret between Iran and the agency to other countries and media, he said.

Iran's cooperation with the IAEA within the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and in accordance with the comprehensive safeguards agreement will continue, he underlined.

The diplomat, however, warned that his country will not allow in the future the inspectors who violate their legal duties to enter its territory.

The IAEA inspectors whose countries are behind irrational measures such as the issuance of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1737 will be banned until they make a U-turn in their policy, he said.

Iran is doing its best to cooperate with the IAEA and has up to now met the IAEA inspectors' needs and requests in the best possible way, he added.