Friday, January 26, 2007

Iran Kicks
Top UN
Nuke Inspector
Of Country

From Reuters:

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has demanded the removal of the U.N. official overseeing nuclear inspections in the country, accusing him of breach of trust, and barred all inspectors from nations behind sanctions, diplomats said on Friday.

Tehran's moves, following a ban on 38 inspectors from four major Western nations announced on Monday, appeared aimed at testing Western resolve over its disputed nuclear activity while stopping short of violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The United Nations slapped preliminary sanctions on Iran last month for refusing to stop enriching uranium, the pathway to fuel for atomic energy or bombs, and impeding International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) probes into the nature of its program.

Iran's official news agency IRNA quoted an unnamed Iranian diplomat as saying it had asked the IAEA to "delete a Belgian inspector from the list" of those allowed to work in Iran.

"Both Iran and the (IAEA) are informed that this inspector has passed confidential Iranian nuclear information, which was supposed to be kept between Iran and the IAEA, to inappropriate countries and their media," the diplomat said.

Now, doesn't that make it sound like the IAEA has an secret agreement with Iranian officials to hide certain information?