MNA – Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami said Tue. that the demands of US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley for IAEA’s inspection of Iran’s military sites are “not even worth mentioning.”
“Nikki Haley is not in a position to be making such claims, and even the claim is not worth mentioning,” said Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Tuesday in reaction to questions raised by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at meetings with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials in Vienna last week.
During the meetings, Haley made attempts to make her case for IAEA access to Iranian military sites, claiming that the JCPOA would give permission to the Agency to inspect Iran’s suspicious military sites.
Haley’s meetings with the IAEA officials were seen as part of Trump administration attempts to withdraw from the nuclear deal.
Foreign Minister Zarif in a letter to the IAEA chief on Wednesday said Haley’s visit aimed at ‘pressing the Agency’ violates the terms of the JCPOA and UN Security Resolution 2231 on the agency’s independence and commitment to protecting sensitive information.
Meanwhile, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, a senior military advisor to Iran’s Leader, stressed that “no foreign and domestic official and not even unauthorized officials of the Iranian Armed Forces are allowed to inspect Iran’s military sites without the permission of Commander-in-Chief [Ayatollah Khamenei].”