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    Iran will never let the United States inspect its military headquarters or missile sites, local media reported on Friday citing Qasem Jasemi, a member of the Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.

    MOSCOW, (Sputnik) — On Thursday, media reported that US President Donald Trump was calling for inspections of Iran’s military sites. The objective of these check is reportedly either to prove that Iran was violating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or to force Tehran to ban the inspections, which would lead to the nuclear deal's collapse.

    According to Jasemi, as cited by the IRNA news agency, such inspections would be a red line and would have no justification, as Iran has repeatedly stressed it had no plans to gain access to nuclear weapons.

    Trump was looking for a reason to violate the deal, Jasemi explained, stressing that according to a bill approved by the Iranian parliament, Western countries were not allowed to inspect Iranian military sites and headquarters.

    "Monitoring the implementation of the JCPOA is not more than an excuse for the US president and Trump has proposed the idea of visiting Iran military centers while the country has for many occasions breached the spirit of the international deal," Jasemi said.

    In July 2015, the P5+1 countries, namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, as well as the European Union and Iran, agreed on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which lifts nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran in exchange for assurances that Tehran’s nuclear program will remain peaceful.

    Both during his election campaign and after becoming president, Trump repeatedly promised to review the 2015 nuclear deal, condemning the administration of former US President Barack Obama for signing the agreement in the first place.


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