Iran bars two UN weapons inspectors for spreading 'false information'
Iran says two United Nations weapons inspectors spread false information about Tehran's nuclear program, and both are now unwelcome. Analysts see it as a reaction to the newest round of UN sanctions on Iran.
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The US and the European Union also passed their own unilateral sanctions, which go further than the UN's measures; the EU's sanctions came last week, as reported in the Monitor. Additional measures that look set to be passed by the US Congress would also target foreign banks who do business with Iran, the Financial Times reported.Skip to next paragraph
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On Sunday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Fox News he thought the new round of sanctions had a "real potential" of forcing Iran to change course. Gates also told Fox News that Iran was moving toward military leadership:
"Actually, what we've seen is a change in the nature of the regime in Tehran over the past 18 months or so. You have – you have a much narrower based government in – in Tehran now. Many of the religious figures are being set aside," he said.
"They appear to be moving more in the direction of a military dictatorship. Khamenei is leaning on a smaller and smaller group of advisers."
“What heartens us is our strong logic… and hence will continue to (insist on) our rational and just position,” Mottaki said in a joint press conference with his Senegalese counterpart Madike Niang.
Pointing to the letters sent by U.S. President Barack Obama to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan encouraging them to enter dialogue with Iran, Mottaki said, “Obama’s got a negative point. Every day they add a new leaf to the file of their mistakes.”
Iran, Brazil, and Turkey signed in May the so-called "Tehran declaration" that would see Iran transfer low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for highly enriched nuclear rods for Tehran's research reactor.
In April, top US military officials said Iran could produce weapons-grade fuel sufficient for one nuclear bomb within a year, but would likely need two to five years to actually build such a bomb, according to a timeline and overview of Iran's nuclear program from The New York Times.
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