Iran Shoots Down US Military Inspection 'Dreams,' Vows More Powerful Missile Force

'Strong indications' Trump won't recertify Iranian compliance with nuclear deal
Iran warns against US 'intervention' in IAEA affairs
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31 August, 2017

We told you two years ago that the verification measures in the Iran nuclear deal were a joke, and that it would be easy for Iran to defy inspectors on virtually any pretext, no matter how flimsy. "All information about these sites are classified", said government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht on a weekly state television broadcast, according to the report.

"Of course, any violations of the commitments carried out by the USA we will respond and answer them, but even so, the USA faces the most hard conditions and we are in the best position", Rouhani said in an interview broadcast on Iranian state television.

Iran on Tuesday dismissed US demands for the inspection of Iranian military sites by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, shrugging off a request by America's ambassador to the United Nations as only a "dream".

Meanwhile, the expert believes that the likelihood of the White House's declaring Iran non-compliant with the 2015 nuclear deal, aka JCPOA, is high, "because the Trump Administration's base of support is very anti-Iranian".

Analysts say recent actions by the US demonstrate that President Donald Trump plans to renege on the Iran nuclear agreement.

The next deadline will come in October and Trump has already said that he thinks by then the United States will declare Iran to be non-compliant.

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Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton bemoaned the changing West Wing - and his limited access to President Donald Trump - saying the open-door policy once offered to him is "now over". These include allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium; allowing Iran to operate a heavy-water reactor; and allowing Iran to operate and develop advanced centrifuges while the JCPOA is in effect.

Trump, though, has also promised new sanctions outside of the agreement to hit Iran for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad and terrorist groups.

Iran expects the IAEA head and its inspectors to perform their tasks regarding the nuclear deal with professionalism and honesty, the statement said.

Haley has previously said that Iran is not complying with the "spirit" of the deal, pointing to Tehran's activities in the region, including its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and its backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

There are certainly ways that the United States could try to re-engineer aspects of the Iran nuclear deal, or to otherwise tailor sanctions to confront Iran's other non-nuclear bad behavior. This plan envisages removal of the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program by the United Nations, the USA and the European Union. In exchange, nuclear-related sanctions against Iran were removed. "Our embassies should not limit themselves to delivering the demarche, however, but should undertake extensive public diplomacy as well", he said. But the deal is up for recertification every three months, and there are reports indicating that Trump is trying to make a case for not certifying the deal in October.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog suspected that Iran carried out work at Parchin on designs for detonator devices that could be used in a nuclear weapon and could fit in a ballistic missile warhead.


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