1938 Alert: “UN nuclear agency asks Iran to back off on rejection of 38 inspectors,” and the second part of this headline should be: “Iran declines.” From AFP, :
VIENNA (AFP) – The UN watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency has asked Iran to reverse its ban on 38 IAEA inspectors from working in the country, a spokeswoman told AFP.
The IAEA “requested Iranian authorities to reconsider their decision,” spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said.
Fleming said the IAEA sent the letter Wednesday to Tehran, two days after an announcement in Iran that the Islamic Republic was blocking 38 IAEA inspectors from entering the country.
Alaeddin Borujerdi, the head of parliament’s national security commission, told ISNA news agency on Monday that “the committee (in charge of implementing parliamentary legislation) decided not to allow 38 inspectors to enter Iran and this restriction has been officially announced to the IAEA.”