Iran Nuclear NewsList of guests shrinks for Iranian nuclear tour

List of guests shrinks for Iranian nuclear tour

-

Reuters: Russia and China will not join a weekend tour of Iranian nuclear sites, the Islamic state’s envoy to the U.N. atomic watchdog confirmed on Friday, adding to a growing number of countries which have rejected Tehran’s offer.

By Fredrik Dahl

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russia and China will not join a weekend tour of Iranian nuclear sites, the Islamic state’s envoy to the U.N. atomic watchdog confirmed on Friday, adding to a growing number of countries which have rejected Tehran’s offer.

The news will be welcomed in Western capitals, which had dismissed Iran’s invitation to selected ambassadors accredited to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a bid to divide the major powers ahead of talks in Istanbul next week.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s IAEA ambassador, said the trip would go ahead as planned and that he was “very pleased,” saying seven ambassadors would fly to Tehran on Friday evening, including those of Egypt, Cuba, Syria, Algeria and Venezuela.

Asked whether the Chinese and Russian ambassadors would go to Iran, Soltanieh told Reuters “They are not coming … Their decision is respected.”

In Geneva earlier in the day, Switzerland’s foreign minister said it and all other “like-minded” countries had rejected Iran’s invitation to visit its Natanz uranium enrichment site and the Arak heavy water reactor plant on Saturday and Sunday.

The European Union refused Iran’s offer last week, saying it was the task of U.N. nuclear inspectors to carry out such visits. Tehran described its invitation as a goodwill gesture before talks with major powers in Istanbul on January 21-22.

On Thursday, China effectively also turned down the invitation while Russia said the visit could not replace IAEA inspections or negotiations between Tehran and the six big powers.

Iran snubbed the United States, Britain, France and Germany by not inviting their envoys, and those taking part in the trip will now be mainly non-aligned developing countries.

NO BREAKTHROUGH

Iran has portrayed the tour as a sign of openness about its nuclear activities, saying it has nothing to hide — though the IAEA has urged Iran to stop limiting access for its inspectors so that they can verify the program is solely peaceful.

Latest news

Growing Disintegration Among Iran Regime’s Forces

Iran has been shaken by a wave of nationwide protests since mid-September. The trigger was the death of the...

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the...

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Who Is Abolqasem Salavati Iran Regime’s Killer Judge?

Last week, it was announced that the case of several people who were arrested during the Iranian People's uprising...

Must read

Graham: military last guard against nuclear threat

AP: Sen. Lindsay Graham is siding with a Republican...

Guards involved in smuggling at Iran port

Iran Focus: Tehran, Aug. 13 - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you