by WorldTribune Staff, August 23, 2017
If Iran has nothing to hide, why won’t it allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to visit its military sites, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley asked.
The IAEA has the authority “to look at military sites now. They have the authority to look at any suspicious sites now, it’s just are they doing it?” Haley said.
Haley received a briefing in a meeting with IAEA chief Yukiya Amano on Aug. 23.
Senior Iranian political and military officials have said that the Islamic Republic will not allow the United States or any other Western country to inspect its military sites under any circumstances, Iranian media reported.
“They (American inspectors) would not dare to come to Iran, and will not get access to the military centers at all, because they are part of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s security sphere,” Ali Akbar Velayati, the head of the Strategic Research Center of Iran’s Expediency Council, said earlier this month.
Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Teheran could abandon the nuclear deal “within hours” if the United States continues with its policies of “sanctions and coercion.”
Haley responded that the new sanctions are related to Iran’s support for “worldwide terrorism” and other behavior, and that Iran cannot “use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage.”
The Trump administration has frequently charged that Iran violates the spirit of the agreement by continuing to test-launch ballistic missiles and rockets capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
President Donald Trump is due to certify to Congress in October whether Iran is sticking to the deal. In July he told the Wall Street Journal he “would be surprised if they were in compliance.”