US says Iran’s failure to address IAEA concerns ‘unacceptable’ Sep 11, 2019 0 1165 12345 ReutersVIENNAThe United States on Tuesday said it was “totally unacceptable” for Iran to drag its feet in cooperating with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, which is seeking answers to issues that diplomats say include the discovery of uranium traces at an undeclared site.“Any indication that Iran is providing insufficient cooperation to the IAEA on a matter involving potential undeclared nuclear material or activities raises serious and profound questions,” the US statement to a quarterly IAEA Board of Governors meeting said.“Iran’s failure to resolve the Agency’s concerns on this matter is completely unacceptable and should be of deep concern to all who support the IAEA and its safeguards verification regime.” Iran has guaranteed the IAEA access to its nuclear programme as part of a 2015 deal with world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs on its atomic activities in return for access to world trade.The IAEA’s acting chief Cornel Feruta has travelled to Tehran in recent days. He said his call to step up cooperation was “very well understood” by Iranian officials he met. RELATED ARTICLES More than 30 dead in stampede at Iraqi Shiite shrine Sep 11, 2019 0 378 US efforts to create Syria safe zone largely ‘cosmetic’: Turkey Sep 11, 2019 0 264 Netanyahu vows to annex WB’s Jordan Valley if re-elected Sep 11, 2019 0 424 Lebanon urges US to continue mediation on Israel border dispute AFP Beirut Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun on Tuesday urged Washington to help mediate a solution to a maritime border dispute with Israel, as Beirut looks to start offshore oil and gas exploration. Aoun made the request .. Hezbollah says it downed Israel drone to boost deterrence BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s leader said on Tuesday his Iran-backed movement had shot down an Israeli drone in Lebanon for the first time to strengthen deterrence against attack by arch-foe Israel. On Monday, Hezbollah said it .. Hamas says it shot down Israeli drone in south Gaza dpa Tel Aviv/Gaza City The radical Islamist Hamas group claimed responsibility for the downing of an Israeli drone which fell in the southern Gaza Strip overnight. A spokeswoman for the Israeli army (IDF) confirmed that .. 250,000 Somalians displaced since January, says NGO Johannesburg: A quarter of a million Somalians have been forced to flee their homes so far this year because of drought, conflict and insecurity, according to a report released by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on .. Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from South Africa ABUJA: At least 640 Nigerians have signed up to take free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria’s president said on Tuesday. The flare-up in violence directed .. S Africa to ‘clamp down’ on hiring of undocumented migrant workers after attacks AFP Johannesburg South Africa’s security ministers on Tuesday vowed to put an end to the hiring of undocumented foreign workers as the country tackles a wave of xenophobic attacks that claimed 12 lives. Defence Minister .. AU condemns attacks in Burkina Faso that killed 29 Addis Ababa: The African Union (AU) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday condemned two attacks that killed 29 people in northern Burkina Faso over the weekend. “These attacks are the latest illustration of the ..