Iran slams UN nuclear watchdog chief after centrifuge report

Iran slammed UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi after the
agency raised concerns over covert changes to equipment at its
Fordow uranium enrichment plant, state media said Saturday,
Trend reports citing

The criticism of Grossi comes after the International Atomic
Energy Agency director-general said he plans to visit Tehran in
February for talks on getting it to increase cooperation over its
activities, amid stalled negotiations to revive a landmark deal
over Iran’s nuclear program.

The IAEA said in a confidential report seen by AFP on Wednesday
that Iran had substantially modified an interconnection between two
centrifuge clusters enriching uranium to up to 60 percent at Fordow
Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP), without giving prior notice.

Iran said later an inspector had “inadvertently” reported the
changes, and that Grossi had issued the report despite the matter
being resolved – a response that the United States and its allies
criticized as “inadequate.”

“We gave a letter to the agency that an inspector… made a
mistake and gave an incorrect report,” Mohamad Eslami, the head of
the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was quoted as saying by
state news agency IRNA.

“But yet again the director-general of the agency released this
issue to the media,” he said, labelling it “unprofessional and
unacceptable” behavior.

“We hope that this practice will not be continued… because
this is not acceptable for his reputation and the agency.”

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