Iran rejects US request for access by UN inspectors to nuclear site

Iran on Tuesday rejected a US call to grant UN inspectors access to a nuclear site, saying Washington was not qualified to demand inspections without condemning a sabotage attack on the facility, reported Iranian state media.

“Countries that have not condemned the terrorist acts against the Iranian nuclear site are not qualified to comment on the inspections there,” Mohammad Eslami, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said at the meeting. of a visit to Moscow, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA.

The United States said on Monday that Iran must stop denying the UN nuclear watchdog access to a centrifuge parts workshop, as agreed two weeks ago, or face diplomatic retaliation. during the meeting of the board of governors of the agency.

The workshop at the TESA Karaj complex manufactures components for centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, and was hit by apparent sabotage in June in which one of four cameras from the International Energy Agency atomic was destroyed. Iran has withdrawn them and images of the destroyed camera are missing.

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