UN nuclear watchdog confirms Iran's temporary detention of inspector

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VIENNA, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The UN nuclear watchdog confirmed on Thursday that Iran detained an inspector temporarily last week.

Acting director general Cornel Feruta of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told the IAEA board of governors that an agency inspector was last week temporarily prevented from leaving Iran, said the IAEA spokesperson in a statement.

Preventing an inspector from leaving a country, particularly when instructed to do so by the agency, is not acceptable and should not occur, Feruta said, according to the statement.

Iran was reportedly said on Thursday that it had cancelled the accreditation of an IAEA inspector after she triggered an alarm last week at the entrance to the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.

This raised concern that the inspector could be carrying a "suspicious material", media reported, citing a statement of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI).

The IAEA does not agree with Iran's characterization of the situation involving the inspector, who was carrying out official safeguards duties in Iran, according to its statement.

The agency will continue to consult with Iran with a view to clarifying the situation, it added. Enditem

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