US: Iran’s detainment of IAEA inspector “unwarranted act of intimidation” 09/11/2019 LOC10:1207:12 GMT

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed Friday that Iran’s detainment last week of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector is “an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation.” “The United States fully supports the IAEA’s monitoring and verification activities in Iran, and we are alarmed at Iran’s lack of adequate cooperation,” Pompeo said in a statement.

He stressed that the IAEA inspectors “must be allowed to conduct their critical work unimpeded.” “We call on Iran to immediately resolve all open issues with the IAEA and to afford Agency inspectors the privileges and immunities to which they are entitled,” he added.

Furthermore, Pompeo said that the US is “deeply concerned with the issues the IAEA raised at a special meeting of its Board of Governors.” He noted that the IAEA announced “it detected evidence of potential undeclared nuclear materials in Iran.” “Iran has no plausible explanation for the detected materials and must explain where these nuclear materials came from and where they are now,” he remarked.

On Wednesday, Iran announced that it has prevented an IAEA inspector from entering Natanz nuclear facility due to fears of carrying “suspicious materials.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency