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Rouhani: IAEA unlikely to inspect Iran's military facilities

31 August 2017

We told you two years ago that the verification measures in the Iran nuclear deal were a joke, and that it would be easy for Iran to defy inspectors on virtually any pretext, no matter how flimsy. "In the context of what we are living through, the 2015 agreement is what allows us to establish a constructive and demanding dialogue with Iran".

The landmark deal saw Iran curb its atomic activities and submit to closer IAEA inspections in order to make extremely hard any attempt to make a nuclear weapon.

On August 3, 2017, US President Trump signed a bill on sanctions against Russia Iran, and North Korean into law. "It's up to the professional inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency", said Matthew Bunn, a professor of practice at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government specializing in nuclear proliferation and control.

While Iran has long rejected allowing global access to its military sites, under the nuclear deal it allowed inspectors to make a one-time visit to its Parchin military complex, where Western intelligence services believe Tehran had carried out nuclear weapons development more than a decade ago.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Russian Federation - plus Germany signed the nuclear deal on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

President Rouhani further stated that U.S. President Donald Trump would find it hard to tear up the deal with the United Nations as it had a lot of support from Europe. Iran's growing role in the Middle East has prompted it to develop its defenses, countering potential retribution from foes such as the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia.

"What happens if they (Iranians) resume their nuclear program (following the United States pulling out of the deal), which moves them further toward building a nuclear weapon", Hormarts said.

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"Iran's military sites are off limits". "I see it as unlikely that the IAEA will accept the request for inspections, but even if they do, we will not", he said.

The report cited former CIA analyst Ned Price as saying that intelligence officials had told him they felt the scenario that led to the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq was repeating itself and that they were resisting the pressure to manufacture intelligence.

"We will not be the first to violate the agreement, but at the same time, we will not stand still if the other side does", Rouhani said.

The next deadline will come in October and Trump has already said that he thinks by then the USA will declare Iran to be non-compliant. "Saudi Arabia should stop backing terrorists", Rouhani told state TV.

Trump is due to notify Congress in October about whether Iran is adhering to the deal. Ending the deal would only free Iran "to pursue a more advanced nuclear weapon sooner". The European countries are increasingly active in Iran, while Iran and Russian Federation share many common interests.

That said, the deal is still a bad one for the United States, and it was never ratified by the Senate so it doens't have the legal force of a treaty.

Rouhani: IAEA unlikely to inspect Iran's military facilities