Iran bars 2 IAEA inspectors: Report

Iran will not allow two inspectors who authored a UN nuclear watchdog report about the Islamic Republic`s nuclear program to enter the country, a senior official was quoted as saying on Monday.

Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 12:09 PM IST

Tehran: Iran will not allow two inspectors who authored a UN nuclear watchdog report about the Islamic Republic`s nuclear program to enter the country, a senior official was quoted as saying on Monday.

The move came after the United Nations Security Council on June 9 voted to impose a fourth round of UN sanctions on Iran over atomic activity the West suspects is aimed at making bombs. Tehran denies the charge.

In a report in late May, the UN`s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran was preparing extra equipment to enrich uranium to higher levels and continued to stockpile nuclear material.

A news agency quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran`s Atomic Energy Organisation, as saying the two inspectors had been declared persona non-grata for filing an "untruthful" report.

"Their report was utterly untruthful and ... we asked that they would not ever send these two inspectors to Iran and instead assign two others," Salehi said.

IANS