Iran accused the United Nations nuclear inspectorate of spying, vowed never to suspend uranium enrichment and cast doubt on whether a deal allowing wider atomic inspections is possible.
“Iran will resist to the end” and “will not permit our national security to be jeopardized” by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors working for Western intelligence agencies, the Persian Gulf nation’s IAEA envoy, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said at a press briefing in Vienna. “Iran will never suspend its enrichment activities,” he said.
The Iranian comments came as the agency’s 35-member board of governors concluded its quarterly review of the country’s nuclear work in the Austrian capital. IAEA officials meet their Iranian counterparts on June 8 in an attempt to conclude a deal for wider access to sites alleged to conceal atomic-weapons work. Iran, the No. 2 producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, says its nuclear program is peaceful.
“The agency, which is supposed to be an international technical organization, is somehow playing the role of an intelligence agency,” Soltanieh said.
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Source: Jonathan Tirone | Bloomberg Businessweek