IAEA is in moral credibility crisis: Salehi

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, has said that the UN nuclear watchdog is suffering a crisis of “moral authority and credibility.”

“It appears that the agency is suffering from (a) moral authority and credibility crisis,” Salehi told the IAEA general assembly in Vienna on Monday.

He also criticized the IAEA latest report on Iran’s nuclear program as unfair and said that certain countries had influenced it.

“The notion of political interference and influence has regrettably left its footprints even in the field of technical cooperation,” he said, according to Reuters.

The comments came amid a row over Iran’s blocking of two IAEA inspectors.

Iran has right to reject some individual inspectors. However, the IAEA claims that the country is hampering the work of the international nuclear experts.

Previously, Salehi had stated that Iran, like all IAEA member states, has the right to choose the inspectors who monitor its nuclear facilities.


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