United Nations nuclear watchdog chief confirms Iran's compliance with JCPOA

Cheryl Sanders
September 13, 2017

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.

"At the same time, however, Trump and some of his senior officials now are reported to have a new plan in mind-not to blow up the deal but to renegotiate a better one", he said, adding that those revisions would include extending the duration of limits on Iran's uranium enrichment capacity, greater constraints on its ballistic missile development and greater access for global inspectors to Iran's military sites. "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.

"The existence of nuclear weapons in the occupied territories is the biggest threat to the entire Middle East region", Velayati pointed out.

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.

"There is virtually no chance the other parties to the [pact] would agree to insist on such changes [even under the threat of USA "secondary sanctions"] and virtually no chance Iran would agree to the changes even if new talks somehow took place", he declared.

Amano further said, "The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented". Amano also told the meeting that Iran had agreed to a "high number" of short-notice inspections of its nuclear sites, without specifically addressing the concern voiced last month by Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, that the IAEA does not have enough access in Iran.

Trump has to certify in mid-October whether he believes Iran is abiding by the nuclear deal and that sticking to it is vital to United States national security interests.

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