Iran Blocks UN Inspectors
<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/5A8CEE53-31FE-4E90-B459-24AA86B8C31F_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (epa)"> <img alt="Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (epa)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/5A8CEE53-31FE-4E90-B459-24AA86B8C31F_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (epa)</p></div>January 22, 2007 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has confirmed reports that 38 UN nuclear inspectors have been prohibited from entering the country.
The Iranian Students' News Agency earlier quoted Aleaddin Borujerdi, the head of the parliament's National Security Committee, as saying the decision has been officially announced to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog, which carries out routine checks of Iran's nuclear facilities.
After the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program in December, parliament voted to "revise its cooperation" with the IAEA.
EU Urges Iran Sanctions Compliance
Also today, the European Union has called on all countries to enforce limited UN sanctions against Iran. The Security Council approved the sanctions on December 23 in an effort to force Tehran back to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear program.
In a declaration today, EU foreign ministers said the sanctions are targeted against the "most sensitive parts" of the Iranian nuclear and missile programs.
(AFP, Reuters, AP)