Iran rules out access to military sites by international inspectors

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/7 8:29:21

No access to Iranian military sites by international inspectors will be allowed despite the US attempt to do so, a senior advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.

Ali Akbar Velayati, head of Strategic Research Center at the Expediency Council, told a press conference that the world is against the US plan to violate the nuclear deal that Iran signed with major powers in 2015, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

"We are informed that the US officials have conducted frequent visits to the international nuclear watchdog, and talks have been held with the chief of the body," Velayati was quoted as saying.

He was referring to the recent visit by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, where she held talks with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.

Haley on Tuesday claimed that hundreds of military sites in Iran are suspicious, but the UN has no access to them.

"Nobody is allowed to visit Iran's military sites," Velayati said, adding that Iran's military sites are related to the country's national security.

Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015 with the US, Russia, Britain, China and France plus Germany, under which Tehran agreed to roll back parts of its nuclear weapon program in exchange for decreased economic sanctions.

But in the wake of the new economic sanctions imposed on Iran recently by the Trump administration, there have been worries about possible US termination of the nuclear deal with Iran.

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