Nikki Haley Not in Position to Demand Inspection of Iran Military Sites: DM
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said Tuesday that the demands of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) inspection of Iran’s military sites are “not even worth mentioning.”
“Nikki Haley is not in a position to be making such claims, and even the claim is not worth mentioning,” said Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Tuesday in reaction to questions raised by Haley at meetings with IAEA officials in Vienna last week.
During the meetings, Haley made attempts to make her case for IAEA access to Iranian military sites, claiming that the Nuclear deal clinched between Tehran and world powers would give permission to the Agency to inspect Iran’s suspicious military sites.
Haley’s meetings with the IAEA officials were seen as part of Trump administration attempts to withdraw from the nuclear deal.
Foreign Minister Zarif in a letter to the IAEA chief last Wednesday said Haley’s visit aimed at ‘pressing the Agency’ violates the terms of the JCPOA and UN Security Resolution 2231 on the agency’s independence and commitment to protecting sensitive information.
Meanwhile, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, a senior military advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, stressed that “no foreign and domestic official and not even unauthorized officials of the Iranian Armed Forces are allowed to inspect Iran’s military sites without the permission of Commander-in-Chief [Imam Khamenei].”