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European nations condemn Iran’s ‘excessively invasive’ searches of inspectors

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Germany, France and the United Kingdom on Thursday accused Iran of conducting “excessively invasive physical searches” on international nuclear inspectors.

“First, we would like to underscore our grave concern by the information in the Director General’s report that IAEA inspectors operating in Iran have, for several months, been subjected to intimidation through excessively invasive physical searches,” the UK’s Ambassador to the IAEA Corinne Kitsell said in a statement on behalf of the countries. “This is unacceptable and unprecedented.

“We express our full support for IAEA inspectors who carry out their roles with impartiality, professionalism, and dedication and must be able to undertake their duties without fear of intimidation.”

In September, the Wall Street Journal reported that Iranian guards sexually harassed inspectors from the UN’s nuclear watchdog at the country’s Natanz nuclear facility multiple times. The incidents included inappropriate touching of female inspectors by male security guards as well as orders from the latter to remove some clothing, the report said, citing unnamed diplomats. At the time, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed the inappropriate conduct in a statement but did not get into details.

The statement by the European powers followed a visit to Iran by the head of UN nuclear watchdog.

Rafael Mariano Grossi warned Wednesday his inspectors are close to being unable to “guarantee” they know what’s going on at all of Iran’s nuclear sites.

Grossi’s words sharply contrasted with the optimistic tone his Iranian hosts offered the day before. They signal the Islamic Republic’s harder line as renewed talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers resume next week.

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