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IAEA has no reason to inspect Iran's military sites

IAEA has no reason to inspect Iran's military sites

IRAN has remained within key limits of its nuclear activities imposed in its 2015 deal with world powers, a United Nations atomic watchdog report said yesterday.

However, Iran slammed the trip, which came just ahead of the Agency's new report on Tehran's compliance with the deal, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif describing it as an attempt to manipulate and press the IAEA.

The nuclear watchdog on August 31 certified in a quarterly report seen by news agencies that Iran is complying with the agreement, which granted Iran global sanctions relief in exchange for the curbs on its nuclear activities.

Despite mounting pressure from the Trump administration, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Thursday that Iran was in compliance with a 2015 treaty it signed with the US and five other leading world powers.

In added U.S. pressure on Iran, Nikki Haley, Washington's United Nations ambassador, met with Amano last week to underline the American view that military sites are part of any IAEA monitoring.

On Wednesday France suggested the 2015 nuclear deal could be supplemented through "future consultations" to include the post-2025 period and tackle Iran's development of ballistic missiles. Under the accord, the International Atomic Energy Agency can request access to military sites if there is credible evidence of malfeasance.

Officials at the UN agency told Reuters that despite the us demand that it inspect military sites, the United States has presented no new evidence of possible violations of the nuclear accord that could justify such a move.

The United States is pushing U.N. nuclear inspectors to check military sites in Iran to verify it is not breaching its nuclear deal with world powers.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano presented the eighth report on Iran's compliance with JCPOA to board of governors late on Thursday.

Haley met with IAEA officials last week in Vienna to express Washington's concern that "IAEA reports can only be as good as the access Iran grants to any facility the IAEA suspects of having a nuclear role", according to a statement.

"We have to be able to vet this information", a second IAEA official said, asking not to be identified because inspections are sensitive and the agency rarely discusses them publicly.

IAEA officials said they would not help the Trump administration make a false case for abandoning the agreement.

Under the accord, Iran could not get sanctions relief until the IAEA was satisfied Tehran had answered outstanding questions about the so-called "possible military dimensions" of its past nuclear research.

In mid-August, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Iran could backtrack on its 2015 nuclear agreement "within hours" if Washington slaps new sanctions on Tehran. But the parties to the deal have so far agreed with this solution.



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