Iran refused access to nuclear workshop: IAEA Sep 28, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa Vienna Iran is blocking full monitoring of its nuclear programme, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said late on Sunday.Iran is denying inspectors from the nuclear watchdog access to a workshop where parts for centrifuges used to enrich uranium are manufactured, an IAEA spokesperson said.IAEA chief Rafael Grossi reached an agreement with Iran on September 12 that would allow the IAEA to resume maintenance of its monitoring equipment and replace storage media to ensure the agency’s uninterrupted scrutiny of the disputed nuclear programme.The agreement has been implemented everywhere except at the centrifuge workshop in Karaj, west of Tehran, the IAEA said.Iran rejected the IAEA chief’s report. It was not accurate and went beyond the terms of the mid-September agreement, according to a tweet by IAEA ambassador Kazem Gharibabadi on Monday.He said the site mentioned in the report was the Tessa workshop in Karaj, a suburb west of Tehran.Gharibabadi said the workshop had been shuttered due to sabotage and would remain closed until investigations were complete, which was why equipment there was not included in the agreements in Tehran and Vienna.There was an incident at the Karaj location in June which damaged IAEA cameras. Iranian media at the time called it a failed act of sabotage.The expansion of Iran’s enrichment facilities with increasingly powerful centrifuges is a concern for the IAEA and the international community.The processed uranium has such a high degree of purity that it can be further processed into weapons-grade material relatively quickly.Iran stopped adhering to the agreed-upon conditions of the 2015 nuclear agreement in 2019 after the US withdrew from the deal. The agreement was intended to make it more difficult for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.Negotiations in Vienna to revive the Iran nuclear deal started in April, but were then suspended after the change of government in Iran in June. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Indian farmers block roads, railways Sep 28, 2021 0 0 Cyclone Gulab wanes after claiming three lives in coastal India Sep 28, 2021 0 0 Award-wining Afghan paper seeks finance to survive Sep 28, 2021 0 0 Canadians detained freed for health reasons: China dpa Beijing Two Canadians who had been detained in China since December 2018 - part of a spat about the detention of the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei - were sent back home for health .. After pro-Taliban post, Ashraf Ghani says Facebook account hacked dpa Islamabad Ashraf Ghani, who was president of Afghanistan until he had to flee the country last month amid the Taliban’s takeover, said on Monday that his official Facebook account has been hacked. Ghani made the .. WHO team seeking COVID origin going back to China dpa New York The World Health Organisation is launching a new investigation into the origins of Covid-19, months after an earlier probe ended without drawing firm conclusions, according to a report published on Sunday. ..