Head of IAEA inspections has resigned

Gladys Abbott
May 13, 2018

The United States will not stop funding intense International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections in Iran, despite its pull-out from the nuclear deal with Tehran, a U.S. official says.

No reason was given for Tero Varjoranta's sudden departure, which comes days after US President Donald Trump took the US out of the deal between Iran and world powers over its nuclear programme.

The Vienna-based nuclear company says it has no indications Iran is in breach of the accord.

"Mr. Tero Varjoranta stepped down starting from May 11, 2018", the spokesperson of IAEA was quoted as saying by the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. The Director-General has appointed Mr. Massimo Aparo, acting Director of the office for verification in Iran, acting Deputy Director General and head of safeguards Department.

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"The United States will continue to support robust implementation of IAEA inspections in Iran to the full extent of the IAEA's authority", an official at the USA mission to the IAEA in Vienna told dpa.

U.S. officials have said that despite the US' withdrawal from the Iran accord, they want the IAEA's inspections in Iran to continue.

Trump in the past had described the deal as "decaying and rotten", asserting it would not prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons, and adding that he wanted it renegotiated.

Under the JCPOA deal, the USA and other world powers agreed to lift some economic sanctions imposed on Iran in return for the latter agreeing to rein in its nuclear program.

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