The chief inspector of the IAEA on Iran, resigned

Posted May 12, 2018

The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency today said its top inspector, Tero Varjoranta, has quit with immediate effect.

The JCPOA - reached by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the USA and the European Union - sets out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring restrictions placed on Iran's nuclear programme, while paving the way for the lifting UN sanctions against the country.

Iran is continuing to implement its nuclear commitments under a deal with major powers, the United Nations atomic watchdog policing the deal said on Wednesday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington was pulling out of the accord.

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Varjoranta, who was within the function for almost 5 years, will likely be changed briefly by Massimo Aparo, an Italian nuclear engineer who was most not too long ago the company's prime inspector for Iran.

As the body's deputy director general and head of the safeguards department, Varjoranta had been responsible for policing the deal in Iran and was highly regarded.

"I am proud to have played a small part in this work, particularly the extraordinary achievement of implementing the [deal] with Iran, which has clearly been successful in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon", Johnson said in an email to colleagues.