Iran rejects U.S. demand for United Nations inspector visit to military sites

Iranian officials have rejected US demands for United Nations inspectors to visit Tehran's military sites, which is part of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran's government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters that the demand by Ambassador Nikki Haley wasn't worth any attention. As part of the nuclear deal, the IAEA has access of sorts to Iranian military sites upon request and inspected the Parchin military site since the signing of the deal.

Speaking in a Tuesday live interview with Iran's state TV, President Hassan Rouhani said the presence of Iranian pilgrims in this year's Hajj in Saudi Arabia is a good way to test the kingdom's conduct.

After years of tension with the West, Iran struck a deal with the five world powers in July 2015 on a comprehensive deal, under which Iran agreed to limit its uranium-enrichment activities in return for the lifting of western and worldwide sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made the remarks in a live televised interview Tuesday night, adding "the IAEA will not give into the United States demands; and even if it did, we will not give into pressure and bullying".

The Trump administration should take heed of the potential economic pitfalls of its impending showdown with Iran over the 2015 nuclear agreement. "They know that if they tried that in Iran, it would be a major political confrontation", said Bunn, adding that if the IAEA needs to inspect Iran's military facilities, it will do so, as it has in the past. Trump has reluctantly certified twice that Iran has been abiding by the deal.

One of Haley's primary missions - not just in Vienna but back at U.N. Headquarters - is to persuade the worldwide community that Iran is not adhering to those obligations, and to ensure that it does.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has called the nuclear pact - negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama - "the worst deal ever".

"It is regulations that determine our relations with the IAEA, not U.S. pressure".

Haley responded that new U.S. sanctions against Iran relate to Iran's support for "worldwide terrorism" and other destabilising actions in the region.

Analysts say recent actions by the USA demonstrate that President Donald Trump plans to renege on the Iran nuclear agreement.

While Iran has long rejected allowing worldwide access to its military sites, under the nuclear deal it allowed inspectors to make a one-time visit to its Parchin military complex, where Western intelligence services believe Tehran had carried out nuclear weapons development more than a decade ago.

A policy review he ordered is also supposed to examine Tehran's behavior in the Middle East, which Washington has said undermines USA interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.

Bolton alluded to a rift within the administration over whether the United States should scrap the landmark deal, and said he was recently denied a meeting with Trump on the issue after staff changes at the White House.

  • Megan Austin