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Israel slams IAEA for closing two Iran nuclear sites probes

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Foreign Ministry slammed the IAEA for caving into Iranian pressure and ending two probes on traces of enriched uranium found at the Fordo and Marivan sites.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi arrives for the IAEA Board of Governors meeting, Vienna, Austria, March 6, 2023.

Slamming the decision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to end probes into two Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday that Israel will take whatever action is needed to defend itself against the Islamic regime

"I hear all the [recent] publications on Iran, so I have a very clear message to Iran and to the international community. Israel will do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons," said Netanyahu in a video message posted on Twitter. 

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the IAEA has decided to close two out of four investigations over traces of enriched uranium particles found at nuclear sites in Iran.  

According to the AP publication, IAEA inspectors no longer had questions on the particles enriched to 83.7% found at the underground Fordo nuclear facility. Iran had argued the Fordo particles were in fact a byproduct of its current enrichment process, as particles can reach higher enrichment levels in fluctuations, a response the IAEA had accepted as plausible. 

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