Iran Cancels Accreditation of IAEA Nuclear Inspector

Iran has canceled the accreditation of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector who was prevented from entering a nuclear facility last week, BBC reports.

The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said an alarm was triggered when the woman went through screening at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.

Officials feared she was carrying “suspicious material”, it added. There was no comment from the IAEA, which is in charge of monitoring Iranian compliance with a nuclear deal.

The announcement came as Iran rolled back another commitment under the 2015 accord by resuming enriching uranium at its underground Fordo facility. Enriched uranium can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons, BBC adds.

It is the fourth such step Iran has taken in response to the sanctions reinstated by President Donald Trump when he abandoned the nuclear deal last year. Under the accord, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

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