UN nuclear watchdog inspects secret atomic warehouse Netanyahu pointed to in Tehran
The U.N. atomic watchdog policing Iran’s nuclear deal has inspected a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran that PM Netanyahu exposed last September.
In a speech at the United Nations in September Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit the site immediately, saying that Iran removed 15kg of radioactive material from the warehouse and that it contained up to 300 tons of nuclear-related material.
“They took this radioactive material and spread it around Tehran like Nutella,” Netanyahu said.
At the time the IAEA bristled at being told what to do, saying it does not take the information presented to it at face value and sends inspectors “only when needed”.
“They’ve visited the site,” one of the three diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and details of inspections are confidential.
One of the diplomats said the IAEA had been to the site more than once last month. The others said the agency had been there, without specifying when. The IAEA declined to comment.
The IAEA has the power under the landmark 2015 deal to carry out so-called complementary access inspections in Iran, which are often conducted at short notice, wherever it needs to.
Diplomats familiar with the IAEA’s work say such inspections are often carried out to clear up questions Iran has not fully answered or discrepancies in its declarations.