The “Wall Street Journal” quoted diplomats that security officials in Iran have sexually harassed a number of representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency, during the past few months, and that the United States called on Iran to stop this behavior immediately.
According to the newspaper, the diplomats said that the harassment that occurred at the Natanz facility, which had not been previously announced, included the touching of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s female inspectors by male security personnel and the inspectors ordering them to remove some clothes.
The diplomats’ comments come at a time of heightened tensions between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency in recent months with Iran canceling the Additional Protocol.
One diplomat told the Wall Street Journal that there had been at least four separate incidents of harassment, and another diplomat put the number at “5 to 7.”
The “Wall Street Journal” also reported on an American letter that spread among members of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors before this week’s meeting, in which Washington called for an end to such behavior by Iran.
The letter to IAEA members said harassment of IAEA inspectors was “totally unacceptable” and the United States urged members to make clear in a public statement from the Board of Governors that such behavior must end.
The United States also stressed that if such behavior is not stopped and new cases of harassment of inspectors are reported, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors must take action.
According to diplomats, the first case of harassment occurred in early June, and the most recent in recent weeks.
Iran has not yet commented on the diplomats’ statements, but a spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed the incident, without elaborating.
“The agency raised this issue with Iran immediately and decisively to make it unambiguously clear, because such personnel safety incidents are unacceptable and should not be repeated,” an IAEA spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.
He added that Iran also provided explanations for increasing security measures after some accidents occurred at one of its nuclear facilities.
He added, “After this correspondence between the agency and Iran, there was no new case.”
It is reported that in November 2019, one of the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency was arrested in Iran and expelled after her acceptance documents were cancelled.
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said in a statement that the reason for Iran’s move was “concern over the possibility of carrying suspicious materials.”
Source: Iran Intel