UN Nuclear Watchdog Defends Iran Agreement

IAEA Chief Says Iran Playing by the Rules

IAEA Chief Says Iran Playing by the Rules

Ali Akbar Velayati, senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on worldwide affairs, made the remarks while speaking to reporters on Tuesday in response to earlier comments by Director General of the global Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano.

IAEA chief Amano Yukiya today defended the deal's verification program as the "most robust" ever, noting that the IAEA has dramatically increased its number of inspections in Iran since the deal was signed, calling the pact a "clear and significant gain".

"We will never allow non-Iranian individuals to inspect our military sites at any time or any place, whether they belong to the worldwide associations and organizations or not", Velayati said on Tuesday. "Neither Mr. Amano, his officers nor any other foreigner is entitled to visit our military centers, because the centers are fully secret security zones for any foreigner and foreign affiliates", IRNA quoted him as saying.

Velayati further emphasized Iran's influential role in the Middle East, adding that it can have close cooperation with France on regional issues.

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 USA, 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.

He further pointed to the United States measures against the JCPOA and said Washington's stance on the deal is different from that of other parties to the agreement.

Right from the start, Haley lied, claiming that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA, the official title for the "Iran Nuclear Agreement") "gave Iran what it wanted up-front", and that all the US got in return were "temporary promises" from Iran in exchange. Amano, however, has noted Iran is complying with all terms of the deal, and that fact really needs to be considered an important one before any United States effort to "rip up" the agreement outright.

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