"If the IAEA had its way," Soltanieh said, "It would be another 10 or 20 years."
Soltanieh told IPS a meeting between Iran and the IAEA set for mid-October had been agreed before the IAEA Board of Governors earlier this month with Nackaerts and Grossi.
The Iranian ambassador said the IAEA officials had promised him that Director General Yukia Amano would announce the meeting during the Board meeting, but Amano made no such announcement.
Instead, after a meeting with Fereydoun Abbasi, Iran's Vice President and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Amano only referred to the "readiness of Agency negotiators to meet with Iran in the near future."
"He didn't keep the promise," said Soltanieh, adding that Iran would have to "study in the capital" how to respond.
Soltanieh elaborated on Abassi's suggestion last week that the sabotage of power to the Fordow facility the night before an IAEA request for a snap inspection of the facility showed the agency could be infiltrated by "terrorists and saboteurs".
"The objection we have is that the DG isn't protecting confidential information," said Soltanieh. "When they have information on how many centrifuges are working and how many are not working (in IAEA reports), this is a very serious concern."
Iran has complained for years about information gathered by IAEA inspectors, including data on personnel in the Iranian nuclear programme, being made available to U.S., Israeli and European intelligence agencies.