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Regulations, not USA, dictate Iran's relations with IAEA

Regulations, not USA, dictate Iran's relations with IAEA”

In response to USA insistence that United Nations' nuclear inspectors visit Iran's military bases, the Iranian government has categorized the demand as "merely a dream".

"Iran has publicly declared that it will not allow access to military sites".

This behavior violates worldwide laws governing the nuclear deal and has now led lawmakers and others to accuse the Obama administration of downplaying Iran's illicit activity in order to promote the nuclear deal and ensure Tehran receives a new commercial fleet.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made the remarks in a live televised interview Tuesday night, adding "the IAEA will not give into the U.S. demands; and even if it did, we will not give into pressure and bullying".

Trump has repeatedly called the nuclear agreement "the worst deal ever" - which is how he describes a host of other deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement and the US agreement to accept 1,200 refugees stuck in an offshore, Australian immigration prison.

Ghassemi said the framework with regard to IAEA inspections is "irreversible", meaning Iran will not renegotiate those terms.

The president is required to certify to Congress every 90 days whether Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called the nuclear pact - negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama - "the worst deal ever".

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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 U.S. invasion of Iraq was repeating itself and that they were resisting the pressure to manufacture intelligence.

"The Americans will take this dream to their graves", Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former Iranian foreign minister, said Tuesday, according to Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency.

"Perhaps, the anti-Iranian actions on part of [US] President [Donald] Trump and his supporters are precisely aimed at provoking Tehran to withdraw from the JCPOA", the expert suggested, explaining that it would give Iran's opponents "a legitimate reason to impose substantial sanctions - and perhaps not only sanctions - on Tehran".

Bolton alluded to a rift within the administration over whether the United States should scrap the landmark deal, and said he was recently denied a meeting with Trump on the issue after staff changes at the White House. In April, he ordered a review of whether a suspension of nuclear sanctions on Iran was in the U.S. interest.

Iran has repeatedly refused inspections by the IAEA to its military sites during its decade-long stand-off with world powers regarding their nuclear program.

'We sent our Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year... if they treat the Iranian pilgrims well, it will be a good sign for exploring the ways for resolution of mutual issues, ' the President added in his first televised interview after his re-election.

Baqer Nobakht also noted, "Iran will never allow such visits".

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