Iran to check IAEA inspectors’ profiles before letting them in nuclear sites
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 5
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) will check the profiles of the nuclear inspectors proposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) before they can inspect nuclear sites in Iran, the AEOI's Protection and Security Department Director Asqar Zarean said.
The profiles are checked in cooperation with the Ministry of Intelligence, Iran's Khorasan newspaper quoted Zarean as saying Sept. 5.
"If the inspectors are qualified, the department will accompany them through their inspections," he added.
Zarean said that not only the inspectors' belongings, including clothes and electronic devices, are taken from them while visiting nuclear sites, but also the samples needed for examination will be gathered by Iranians.
He pointed out no camera recordings of the inspections will be available, but the inspectors will be provided with photos taken with special cameras installed at certain places in the sites.
He further said that even if Iran adopts the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the procedures of inspection will not change on the side of Iran.
The official pointed out that since the IAEA is funded by Western countries, the US in particular, Iran will take extra care to make sure about the authenticity of the inspections.
The inspections follow agreements under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached by Iran and the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) on July 14, according to which Iran's nuclear activities will be put under special investigation.
Iranian government said it will also adopt the Additional Protocol in order to help build trust with the world and facilitate a better implementation of the nuclear deal.