Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Iran’s removal of several International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, according to a news release.
The IAEA is an organization meant to oversee the safe use of nuclear technologies worldwide. Iran previously consented to IAEA inspections in the country’s 2015 nuclear deal. “Under its terms, Iran agreed to dismantle much of its nuclear program and open its facilities to more extensive international inspections in exchange for billions of dollars’ worth of sanctions relief,” according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
However, former President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement in 2018. Shortly thereafter, Iran began to set aside the deal as well.
The director general of the IAEA, along with the United States, Britain, France and Germany, also condemned Iran’s actions following the discovery of uranium traces reportedly found at undeclared sites.