IAEA Inspector Realized Mistake in Report on Fordow: Iran Nuclear Chief

IAEA Inspector Realized Mistake in Report on Fordow: Iran Nuclear Chief

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said an inspector of the International Atomic Energy Agency who had drawn a wrong conclusion of Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility realized his mistake after misinforming the UN nuclear agency.

Mohammad Eslami visited the 53rd exhibition of Iran’s nuclear industry achievements in Tehran on Thursday.

In an address to the opening of the event, the nuclear chief dismissed the Western accusations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and activities.

He also deplored the IAEA’s wrong stances and mistaken report about operations at Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility.

Apart from the fact that the IAEA reports are not published immediately by the media about any country except Iran, the IAEA inspector had drawn an incorrect conclusion after visiting Fordow nuclear site and had instantly given that report to the UN nuclear agency, Eslami said.

“We provided explanations immediately, whose video is available and could be presented. Those explanations were circulated on the same day and the (International Atomic Energy) Agency’s inspector realized his mistake,” the Iranian official stated.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said last week that he intends to travel to Tehran in February for "much-needed dialogue" over Iran's cooperation with the UN nuclear agency and to discuss outstanding issues.

On Wednesday, Eslami emphasized that any visit by the IAEA head to Iran needs to have a "specific objective", in an oblique reference to the UN nuclear watchdog's political approach.

"This trip needs preparations and content and the aims and schedule of this trip should be determined," Eslami said.

He reiterated that Iran is committed to its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal and as the signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (NPT), which is evident from numerous inspections of its nuclear facilities by the UN agency inspectors.

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