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US sees the detention of IAEA inspector in Iran as a blatant provocation

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States and the European Union expressed concern on Thursday over the detention of an IAEA inspector in Iran last week.

The US delegate to the IAEA described the incident as a “blatant provocation” that should have consequences.

Reuters initially reported on Wednesday that Iran had briefly detained the inspector and kept her travel documents in what appeared to be the first such incident since a nuclear deal between Iran and major powers was signed in 2015.

Iran said it had prevented the inspector from entering its main uranium enrichment facility at Natanz. The Iranian delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that this was caused by the discovery of traces of explosive materials as they passed through the inspection device, but after going to the toilet while waiting for another inspection disappeared, which required further investigation.

“The detention of an IAEA inspector in Iran is a blatant provocation,” the US ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement. It must have consequences.”

In its statement, the European Union said it was “deeply concerned” about what had happened. Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA told reporters the inspector had been deported quickly and Tehran had asked to be removed from the list of inspectors.

“We are aware that the incident has been resolved and we call on Iran to ensure that it will not be repeated in the future,” the EU said.

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