The UN nuclear watchdog’s 35-nation board of governors has called on Iran to stop denying the agency access to two suspected former sites and to cooperate fully with it. The endorsement of a resolution that was tabled by the European powers is the International Atomic Energy Authority’s first such criticism of Iran in eight years, and comes as the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK met in Berlin to discuss the nuclear issue. The IAEA’s director general, Rafael Grossi, has reported repeated denials of access to the two sites, and the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has accused Iran of unprecedented obstruction. China, often a backmarker on Iran nuclear issues, joined Iran’s criticism of the resolution, suggesting China’s growing conflict with the west is now spilling into the Iran nuclear arena.
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