Iran: the authorities put pressure on the French school in Tehran
After Tehran's decision to withdraw the accreditation of a third of IAEA inspectors, mainly French and Germans, the Iranian authorities decided to put pressure on the French school in Tehran.
Tehran, April 2, 2023 (illustration image). via REUTERS - WANA NEWS AGENCY
By: RFI Follow
With our correspondent in Tehran, Siavosh Ghazi
According to several sources, Tehran has refused to issue visas to several French teachers. Similarly, the Iranian authorities have decided to no longer give accreditation to Iranian or bi-national students of the school. Faced with these pressures, school officials have asked parents of Iranian students to stop sending their children to school until things clear up.
Ambassador Nicolas Roche is holding discussions with officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to try to resolve the situation. But, according to several sources, he said he was rather pessimistic. The majority of students in the French school are Iranians and without their presence the school will struggle to maintain itself financially.
The tone is raised
These pressures come as the tone has risen in recent days between Iran and Western countries. The France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States decided to maintain sanctions against Tehran's ballistic missile program, which were due to end on October 18. Iran denounced the decision, saying it would not go unanswered.
As a first step, Iran withdrew the accreditation of several IAEA inspectors tasked with monitoring Tehran's nuclear program. According to Iranian media, they are French and German nationals.
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