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Iran to ban two nuclear inspectors

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: IAEA confirms that Iran objected to two agency inspectors
  • NEW: IAEA says it 'has full confidence' in inspectors
  • Iran plans to ban the inspectors from visiting nuclear facilities
  • Iran cites inspectors' presentation of 'false information'

(CNN) -- The head of Iran's atomic energy agency said Monday that the nation will ban two U.N. atomic watchdog inspectors from visiting nuclear facilities, the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency reported.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said Tehran barred the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors "due to their presentation of false information and early disclosure of official data," according to the news agency.

The IAEA confirmed that Iran objected to two of its inspectors.

"The IAEA has full confidence in the professionalism and impartiality of the inspectors concerned," Greg Webb, an agency press officer, said in a statement.

The agency "will continue to monitor the situation carefully" and share news about the situation "as appropriate," Webb said.

Countries have the right to limit IAEA inspectors, according to an IAEA official in Vienna, Austria. The official said it only becomes a problem if the practice impedes the agency's ability to assess the country's nuclear activities by barring too many.

CNN's Matthew Chance contributed to this report.