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Iran’s Right to Summon IAEA Inspectors: Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman


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Moscow: Iranian Foreign Ministry Justifies Summoning IAEA Inspectors

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has stated that it has the right to summon inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Iranian nuclear facilities. This is based on Article IX of the Safeguards Agreement of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The announcement comes after the IAEA reported that Iran had decided to withdraw some of their inspectors participating in inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.

Iran Invokes Safeguards Agreement to Refuse Inspectors

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Iran has justified their decision to cancel the appointment of certain IAEA inspectors by invoking Article 9 of the Safeguards Agreement of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This article allows Iran to refuse the appointment of inspectors, but in such cases, the agency must offer alternative options for inspectors that need to be approved by Iran.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and its Purpose

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which came into force in 1970, prohibits the emergence of new nuclear powers and restricts nuclear weapons possession to only five countries: the Soviet Union, the United States of America, Great Britain, France, and China. The treaty also prohibits the transfer of nuclear weapons and the creation of new atomic bombs. The International Atomic Energy Agency is responsible for monitoring compliance with this treaty.

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