Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a vocal opponent of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, blasted the Iranian regime after it informed the International Atomic Energy Agency it would prevent one-third of the agency’s most seasoned inspectors from accessing Tehran’s controversial nuclear sites.
Netanyahu stressed, however, that he was not surprised by Tehran’s actions.
“Israel is not surprised by Iran’s moves, which prove it is continuing to violate all of its commitments to the international community,” read the official statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office in Jerusalem.
Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – the UN watchdog – publicly criticized Iran for its recent measures.
“I strongly condemn this disproportionate and unprecedented unilateral measure which affects the normal planning and conduct of agency verification activities in Iran and openly contradicts the cooperation that should exist between the agency and Iran,” Grossi stated.
“This profoundly regrettable decision by Iran is another step in the wrong direction and constitutes an unnecessary blow to an already strained relationship between the IAEA and Iran in the implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement,” he added.
Grossi urged the ayatollah regime to reconsider its decision, arguing that it would undermine IAEA's ability to “provide credible assurances that nuclear material and activities in Iran are for peaceful purposes.”
The Iranian regime officially denies that it has ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons. Instead, it claims that its nuclear program is only for peaceful civilian purposes. However, the ayatollah regime has a long history of deceit and few international experts doubt that Iran has nuclear weapons ambitions.
In February, the UN watchdog warned that Iran’s uranium enrichment had reached levels dangerously close to nuclear bomb capability.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.