Iran Rejects U.S. Military Inspection of Missiles, Vows More Powerful Missile Force
IRAN-Top Iranian officials have rejected a U.S request for the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog to conduct inspections on military sites suspected by the White House of hosting nuclear activity. The remarks followed an announcement that Iran was expanding its missile force.
Tom O’Connor’s Newsweek reports that President Donald Trump’s administration has taken a hardline stance on Iran’s nuclear capability—which is heavily restricted under a deal authored by Trump’s predecessor—as well as on its growing role in the Middle East. The U.S. has not found that Iran is undermining its end of the 2015 nuclear agreement, but still has increasingly pushed for stricter terms over its suspicions. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikky Haley, met last week with the International Atomic Energy Agency to discuss Washington’s request to expand the agency’s inspections to restricted military sites in Iran, a move that has been with outrage by Iranian leaders.
“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.
“They would never be permitted to inspect our military sites and venues, under the excuse of the JCPOA or any other excuse,” he added, using an acronym for the official name of the nuclear treaty signed between the U.S., Iran and four major powers: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.