US accuses Iran of intimidating nuclear inspectors

The United States accused Iran on Wednesday of intimidating U.N. inspectors investigating its nuclear program in an effort to influence their findings — a move an American diplomat suggested allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to consider "appropriate action."

Glyn Davies, the chief U.S. delegate to the nuclear agency, did not go into details in comments to the agency's 35-nation board. But he referred to the phrase "appropriate action" as part of the authority given the board if the agency's inspectors are hampered in carrying out their duties by the nation under inspection.

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