US accuses Iran of intimidating UN nuclear inspectors

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 15, 2010 13:39

VIENNA — The United States on Wednesday accused Iran of intimidating UN inspectors investigating its nuclear program in an effort to influence their findings.

The charge followed Iran's decision to bar two International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors after they reported that Teheran was experimenting with pyroprocessing, a procedure that can be used to purify uranium metal used in nuclear warheads.

Iran says the inspectors misreported what they saw and notes that every nation has the right to approve inspectors put forward by the agency.

But Glyn Davies, the chief US delegate to the IAEA, told the agency's 35-nation board Wednesday that barring inspectors because "they report accurately ... is unprecedented."

Iran's ban is a "clear effort to intimate inspectors and thereby influence the conclusions" they make, he said.


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