Germany cautions Iran against blocking IAEA inspections

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Germany is warning Iran against blocking inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA, a diplomatic source in Berlin told Reuters on Tuesday.

“It would be completely unacceptable should Iran obstruct IAEA inspections,” the German diplomat said.

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“We urge Iran to refrain from this step, and are in close contact regarding this issue with our partners, including the US,” the diplomat said, adding Iran needed to contribute to a de-escalation to give diplomacy a chance.

Iran said on Monday it will block snap inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog from next week if other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal do not uphold their obligations, a challenge to US President Joe Biden’s hope of reviving the accord.

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