Dozens of IAEA members express concern over Iran

Dozens of member countries of the International Atomic Energy Agency have released a statement expressing concern about Iran's lack of cooperation on inspections of undeclared nuclear material.

The joint statement was issued by 56 member nations at a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors on Wednesday. It was proposed by Germany, France, Britain and the United States.

They say Tehran has not cooperated with IAEA inspections following the discovery of nuclear materials in several undeclared locations in Iran in 2019 and 2020.

They expressed "profound concern," saying that safeguard issues remain outstanding "due to insufficient substantive cooperation by Iran." They called on Tehran to act urgently to fulfil its obligations without delay.

Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA, Mohsen Naziri Asl, reacted sharply on Thursday. He said the statement "was not fruitful" and everyone has realized it "has mere political purposes."

The issue has been a major point of contention in negotiations between Iran and the US to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.