FNA- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamamd Javad Zarif rejected US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s remarks on the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers, and said she is not well informed of the content of the agreement.
“What Ms. Haley has raised mostly shows that she is uninformed of the text of the nuclear deal. The nuclear deal is fully explicit and clear in all fields that she has commented about,” Zarif said on Wednesday.
“The extent of inspections has been specified in the nuclear deal and her claim that the degree of verification and approval possible for the Agency (International Atomic Energy Organization) depends on the extent of the inspections is basically a wrong word because the nuclear deal has specified the issue of verification and its framework and basis and now we are acting based on what has been demanded in the nuclear deal,” he added.
Zarif underlined that Haley cannot speak about her wishes and describe them as faults and problems of the nuclear deal.
In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht referred to Haley’s asking the IAEA to visit Iran’s military sites, and said her comments are not worthy of listening or receiving attention.
He dismissed the US demand for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspection of Iran’s military centers, stressing that these centers are secret and not open to everyone.
“Iran’s military facilities are secret and not everyone can access them. They (the Americans) are just speaking their wishes and we defend our national interests,” Nobakht told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
Also, on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said his country will not bow to the US demand and pressure on the IAEA to visit Iran’s military sites.
“We don’t allow others to step into banned zones based on the nuclear deal, and the Agency’s inspection will be certainly carried out within the framework of our internal policies,” Qassemi said in reaction to Haley’s demand from the IAEA to visit Iran’s military sites.
“We will not surrender to certain governments’ excessive demands,” he underscored.
Qassemi also expressed confidence that given its independence and responsibility to defend its international position, the IAEA is not likely to accept other countries’ illogical and unrealistic demands.
The IAEA is tasked with monitoring Iranian compliance with the deal, a basically technical matter that falls within the agency’s area of expertise. The IAEA has consistently verified that Iran is in compliance since the deal started being implemented in January 2016.
The US is a party to the nuclear deal, which was negotiated under former US president Barack Obama. But the administration of US President Donald Trump, which took over in January this year, has been opposed to the accord and is believed to be looking for a way to potentially withdraw from it.
Apparently toward that end, Trump has ordered a “review” of the deal and has assigned a team of his confidantes to provide him with “options” other than certifying Iranian compliance to the Congress, which is a US contractual commitment necessary for the Congress to continue withholding nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.
Haley had earlier traveled to Vienna, where the IAEA is headquartered, as part of the Trump administration’s “review” of the deal. There, she met with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.