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Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2019, 08:55

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called Iran's treatment of a United Nations nuclear inspector in late October "an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation".

"Based on our needs and what we have been ordered, we are now producing five percent", said Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran.

Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. "Iran does not need nuclear weapons given the power balance in the region", Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said at a press conference, according to the Fars news agency.

Iran's ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharib Abadi told reporters after a special agency meeting in Vienna that after setting off the alarms on October 28, the woman "sneaked out" to the bathroom while waiting for a more thorough inspection with a detector that can find a range of explosive materials. He claimed authorities later found contamination in the bathroom and on her empty handbag.

On Thursday, the Islamic Republic said that it had resumed uranium production at the facility.

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Iran said IAEA officials were present for all the searches.

He also expressed the Kingdom's happiness at the arrival of the detained inspector in Iran to the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, noting that the complacency in taking deterrent measures and actions against Iran for its actions against persons enjoying privileges and immunities being guaranteed to them by worldwide treaties inside the Iranian territory, will encourage its regime to repeat them in the future, especially in light of its record of such violations and lack of respect for global conventions and norms.

"IAEA inspectors must be allowed to conduct their critical work unimpeded".

Iran started to cut its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal in a retaliatory move following the U.S.' unilateral decision to withdraw from the agreement between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and the EU.

The US left the agreement past year and re-imposed sanctions, leaving remaining world powers - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - trying to save the agreement and mitigate the sanctions.