Pompeo slams Iran's 'intimidation' of IAEA inspector as 'outrageous'

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"The reason that this lady was denied entrance was that she was suspected of carrying some material", said Kamlavandi, referring to the allegations.

"Of course, Iran enjoys nuclear capability and technology and there is no doubt about that".

Prince Abdullah expressed the Kingdom's condemnation of Iran's ongoing pursuit of this approach, and stated the Iranian regime's history is full of deception and evasion, including the concealment of sensitive parts of its nuclear program, which undoubtedly confirms Iran's non-peaceful program and Tehran's ambition to possess nuclear weapons.

A spokesman for Iran's atomic agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said that the Iranian government "legally speaking" had done nothing wrong in stopping the female inspector from touring its Natanz nuclear facility on October 28.

He said Iran has the "capacity to produce five percent, twenty percent, sixty percent, or any percentage" of enriched uranium, a claim often repeated by Tehran.

The comments by Vaezi came one day after Iran started to inject uranium gas into 1044 IR-6 centrifuges at the Fordow nuclear plant. However, once Iran reaches 20% purity it is a relatively short technical jump to reach 90% enrichment.

The US left the agreement a year ago and re-imposed sanctions, leaving remaining world powers - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - trying to save the agreement and mitigate the sanctions.

The third move had it firing up advanced centrifuges on September 7 to enrich uranium faster and to higher levels.

On Wednesday, Kamalvandi announced the beginning of preparations for the fourth stage of reduction in Iran's commitments to the nuclear deal.

Baeidinejad said Iran's recent measure to resume uranium enrichment at its Fordow nuclear facility was "adopted as a warning to the other sides and the worldwide community that we are at a crisis".

He did not specify what the materials were or whether they had actually been found in her possession.

"The agency does not agree with Iran's characterisation of the situation involving the inspector", an IAEA spokesman said in a statement.

"We're doing this because we want to salvage the nuclear deal from total collapse", Baeidinejad told Sky News.

"IAEA inspectors must be allowed to conduct their critical work unimpeded".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday slammed Tehran's treatment of an inspector with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency last week as "an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation".

"After completing the steps to terminate obligations stipulated by the nuclear deal we can withdraw from the NPT as certain forces inside Iran demand that", the IRIB radio and television corporation quoted him as saying on Saturday.

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