Iran has barred two nuclear inspectors from the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from the country. The move comes following sweeping sanctions
from the United Nations Security Council,
approved on June 9, meant to deter Iran from developing a nuclear
program. Iran says it banned the inspectors for leaking "false"
information about the country. The IAEA will be allowed to remain in
Iran, however. Here's what happened and why.
- Retaliation for
Sanctions The Financial Times' Najmeh Bozorgmehr writes,
"Barring the inspectors could be Iran’s response to a new round of
UN-imposed sanctions passed earlier this month. These further restrict
financial transactions and allow inspections of dual-use cargoes which
may assist in developing Iran’s nuclear or missile programme. Iran has
refused to halt its uranium enrichment programme in spite of four sets
of UN sanctions and unilateral restrictions imposed by the US and
European states. It has continued to upgrade its nuclear programme."
Escalating Tension Between Iran and IAEA Reuters' Hossein Jaseb and
Sylvia Westall explain, "Ties between Iran and the IAEA have become
more strained since Yukiya Amano took over as head of the agency in
December. The Japanese diplomat has taken a tougher approach on Iran
than his predecessor Mohamed ElBaradei, with the IAEA saying in a
February report that Iran could be trying to develop a nuclear-armed
missile now, and not just in the past."
- The Ongoing Fight Over
Nuclear Iran The Associated Press Nasser Karimi paints the larger picture. "The ban is the
latest twist in Iran's deepening tussle with the U.N.'s International
Atomic Energy Agency and the West over its nuclear program. The United
States and its allies warn that Iran's program is geared toward making
nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the charge saying its nuclear activities
are only for peaceful purposes like power generation," he writes.
"Meanwhile, Brazil's foreign minister indicated that his country's
support of Iran in its dispute with the West over its nuclear program
was being scaled back after the U.N. Security Council's decision earlier
this month for new sanctions."
- Repeating Saddam's Mistake The National Iranian American Council sighs, "Iran beginning to repeat
mistakes of Saddam Hussein ... barring inspectors is a road to nowhere good. ... Iran finding itself in difficult position of
having even its legitimate grievances delegitimized by its other
- Who Doesn't Hate Intel-Leaking
Officials? Liberal blogger Steve Hynd quips, "Fair enough. O's cracking down on whistleblowers
too." (The New York Times recently reported the Obama administration's
hard-line efforts against government leaks.)
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