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    Tehran Reiterates 'Access to Military Sites is Not Part of Nuclear Deal'

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    Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, has confirmed Tehran's adherence to the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    "No one in Iran will permit the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] access to military sites, such access is not part of the nuclear deal, the additional protocol or its safeguard agreement," Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said, adding that Tehran is in complete compliance with the IAEA.

    His remarks came a few days after US President Donald Trump warned that Washington will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal unless the EU fails to fix the agreement's "disastrous flaws." He said that both parties in the US Congress must work together to produce a bill demanding "that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites" requested by IAEA officials.

    IAEA flag flatters in the wind in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarers in Vienna. File photo
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    IAEA flag flatters in the wind in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarers in Vienna. File photo

    He said that he would allow for the anti-Iranian sanctions to be suspended for another 120 days while his country negotiates a fix with Europe for the Iran nuclear deal.

    On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Moscow's adherence to the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow will not back the US moves to include terms unacceptable for Tehran into the deal.

    Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron underscored his country's commitment to the agreement, something that was also supported by top diplomats of Germany, China and Britain as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

    As for the US, Trump said in October that his administration had decided not to certify that Iran was in compliance with the accord, in what was criticized by Tehran. The Trump administration actually remains the only side which is displeased with the Iran nuclear agreement.

    READ MORE: 'Finish Line'? Trump 'to Fix or Cancel' Iran Nuke Deal Next Week — Tillerson

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, was signed in 2015 by Iran and the 5+1 group, including China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany.

    READ MORE: US 'Endangering People All Over the World' With Threat to Dump Iran Nuke Deal

    The JCPOA stipulates that Iran will significantly restrict its uranium-enrichment activities in exchange for scrapping nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.


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