Nuclear: Iran strongly criticizes the IAEA, after statements about its facilities

The head of Iran's nuclear program, Mohammad Eslami, strongly criticized the remarks of the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi.

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Tension has risen again between Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Western powers engaged in nuclear negotiations, after criticism of Tehran's nuclear program.


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With our correspondent in Tehran,

Siavosh Ghazi

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi had criticized Iran for having made modifications to its

Fordo enrichment facilities

, buried under the mountain without notifying the UN agency.

This was sharply criticized by the head of Tehran's nuclear program, Mohammad Eslami, who denounced Rafael Grossi's remarks, saying that the attitude of the agency's director general was unprofessional and unacceptable.

Rafael Grossi had claimed that Iran had made modifications to its state-of-the-art centrifuges, which make

enrichment at 60%

, a level that is well beyond the 4% authorized by the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the great powers.

Negotiations are deadlocked between Tehran and the major powers, notably the United States, to revive this agreement after the exit of the United States in 2018. Iran, which demands the lifting of American sanctions for an agreement, greatly accelerated its nuclear program.

According to Rafael Grossi, Tehran has enough enriched uranium for the construction of several atomic bombs.

This provoked criticism from the United States, France, Great Britain and Germany.

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