Iran refuses to partake in serious negotiations, says IAEA

A sign marks the seat of Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, March 9, 2020. (Reuters)

Iran has refused to partake in serious negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding the inspection of several suspicious sites, IAEA Director General Rafael MarianoGrossi said.

Iran had refused to allow the organization to inspect two suspivious sites after officials had sent a request four months ago, he said.

“We asked Iran to inspect the sites 4 months ago and we have not received a response,” he said.

“Iran has not participated serious negotiations with us on matters related to unannounced materials and activities,” the director general added.

This comes as Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi warned, "If the IAEA takes an unconstructive decision on Iran, it is possible that Iran will respond."

The IAEA is the UN body tasked with monitoring nuclear activities across the world.

Iran has been accused of trying to develop a nuclear weapon under the disguise of a civilian nuclear program, a charge it denies.

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