Talks between Iran and the IAEA ended today. The IAEA inspectors wrapped up three days of visit to Tehran, even though on Monday the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi had said that the IAEA team could extend the visit and inspect Iran's nuclear sites. The IAEA has not yet explained the reason for the early end to the visit.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Press TV quoted a member of the country’s parliament, Majlis, as saying that Iran will ban IAEA inspectors from re-entering the country if they publish an unreal report.
“Iran to ban IAEA inspectors if they lie,” said MP Mostafa Kavakebian [Press TV, 31 January].
The warning could be a sign that the talks in Tehran did not go all that well and the Iranian lawmaker was already positioning the country to characterize the report to be issued by the inspectors after their departure from Iran as simply “lies.”
UPDATE: The IAEA mission leader Herman Nackaerts announced after arriving in Vienna that the IAEA team plans to revisit Tehran “in the very near future.” The announcement indicates progress in talks with Iran.“We had three days of intensive discussions about all our priorities, and we are committed to resolve all the outstanding issues,” Nackaerts told reporters in Vienna. “And the Iranians said they are committed, too. But of course there's still a lot of work to be done," he added. "So we have planned another trip in the very near future." [AP, 1 February 2012].