IAEA nuclear inspector Tero Varjoranta steps down after US quits Iran deal

Tero Varjoranta, the chief of inspections at the UN nuclear watchdog has resigned suddenly, just days after US President Donald Trump quit the Iran accord, according to Deutsche Welle. No reason was given by the IAEA for his departure.

The UN agency charged with checking Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord said that following Tero Varjoranta’s departure its activities would “continue to be carried out in a highly professional manner.”

“Mr Tero Varjoranta has resigned effective 11 May 2018,” the IAEA announced. “The director general has appointed Mr Massimo Aparo, acting director, Office for Verification in Iran, as acting deputy director general and head of the Department of Safeguards, effective immediately.”