The Presence of International Inspectors Monitoring Nuclear Sites in Iran
In a recent announcement, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami, revealed that there are currently 127 accredited international inspectors monitoring nuclear sites in Iran. However, he also shared the reasons behind the expulsion of four inspectors from three European countries.
Expulsion of Inspectors
Eslami stated that the expelled inspectors had not visited Iran for several years, which raises concerns about their effectiveness in overseeing the country’s nuclear activities. Additionally, he highlighted that these expulsions should not be compared to the number of official inspectors, as they only represent a fraction of the total accredited inspectors. The individuals who were expelled were from three European countries.
Furthermore, Eslami emphasized that the decision to remove these inspectors was influenced by their harsh political behavior. He pointed out that inspectors from these countries frequently displayed an agenda-driven approach, which compromised their neutrality and professionalism. Consequently, these inspectors were no longer deemed suitable for their roles and were consequently removed from the list.
Political Tensions and Psychological Operations
Eslami attributed the creation of tension around this issue to the political behavior and psychological operations executed by the European countries involved. These countries continually demand that Iran unilaterally adhere to the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, while they themselves fail to take any substantive action.
Revocation of Accreditations
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, had previously announced in mid-September that Iran had been informed of the agency’s decision to revoke the accreditation of several inspectors responsible for inspecting uranium enrichment facilities. This move further emphasizes the complexities and challenges surrounding international inspections in Iran’s nuclear program.