Iran will never allow foreigners to inspect military sites: Velayati

Monitoring and Verification in Iran

"We will never allow non-Iranian individuals to inspect our military sites at any time or any place, whether they belong to the global associations and organizations or not", Velayati said on Tuesday. "The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran...are being implemented", Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a quarterly meeting of his organization's 35-member Board of Governors.

"Mr. Amano, his agents and no other foreigners have the right to inspect our military sites, because these sites are among off-limit sites for any foreigner and those affiliated with them", he added.

"The existence of nuclear weapons in the occupied territories is the biggest threat to the entire Middle East region", Velayati pointed out.

Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic's compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the United States, have failed to live up to their undertakings.

He added that the agency has been verifying and monitoring the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments under the nuclear agreement since JCPOA Implementation Day in January 2016.

US President Donald Trump has called the agreement between Iran and six major powers reducing its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief "the worst deal ever negotiated".

A top deputy to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Israeli leader must push President Donald Trump to cancel or freeze the global community's nuclear deal with Iran.

The latest IAEA report came at a time that the U.S., which is a party to the agreement, seems to be laying out a case for abandoning it. Previously, the Trump administration accused the Islamic Republic of violating "the spirit" of the agreement while referring to its "nefarious" regional behavior, particularly in regard to its perceived expansionary ambitions manifest through its proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen.

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