Iran has rejected the United States’ demand for United Nations (UN) nuclear inspectors to visit its military bases, claiming they are “off limits”.
The nation rejected access after the UN’s US ambassador pressed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure they were not concealing activities banned by the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers.
“All information about these sites are classified,” Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said at a news conference on state television on Tuesday.
“Iran will never allow such visits. Don’t pay attention to such remarks that are only a dream.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also said the US’ call to the IAEA was likely to be rejected by the UN.
“The International Atomic Energy Agency is very unlikely to accept America’s demand to inspect our military sites,” he said in a televised interview.
US President Donald Trump called the nuclear pact negotiated by former president Barack Obama “the worst deal ever.”
He ordered a review in April into whether a suspension of nuclear sanctions on Iran was in the US’ interest.
Under the deal, the IAEA can request access to Iranian sites including military ones if it is concerned about activities that violate the agreement.
It must however show Iran the basis for concerns.
However, Mr Trump said he thinks the United States will declare Iran to be non-compliant by the time the State Department notifies Congress of Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal in October.
IAEA inspectors have so certified that Iran is fully complying with the deal. It has since significantly reduced its enriched uranium stockpile and has taken steps to make sure there was no possible use of it for a nuclear weapon.
It was in return for an end to international sanctions that crippled its oil-based economy.
Iran had repeatedly rejected visits by UN inspectors saying they were not involved in nuclear activity in a 10 year stand-off with world powers over its nuclear program.
The nation allowed inspectors to check its Parchin military complex shortly after the deal was reached, where Western security services believed Tehran carried out tests relevant to nuclear bomb detonations more than 10 years ago.
Iran has also placed its military bases off limits because it claims there is a risk that IAEA findings could reach the intelligence services of the US or Isreal.
Advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Ali Akbar Velayati said US access to their military sites “will never happen”.
“The Americans will take their dream of visiting our military and sensitive sites to their graves,” he said.