US Seeking to Undermine JCPOA: Iran’s Nuclear Chief

US Seeking to Undermine JCPOA: Iran’s Nuclear Chief

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi slammed the US for its hostile policies against the Islamic Republic and said Washington’s policies are aimed at undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Addressing the 61st General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday, Salehi slammed recent calls by the US government to inspect Iran’s military sites under false pretexts and said the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, made a “host of unjustifiable, peculiar demands” in talks with IAEA chief Yukiya Amano in Vienna last month.

Haley's demands are “far beyond the purview of the JCPOA and its collectively negotiated and well-defined provisions,” Salehi said.

“We remain confident that the (UN atomic) agency, and for that matter the director general, will resist such unacceptable demands,” he stressed.

“The American administration's overtly hostile attitude and actual foot-dragging policies and measures aimed at undermining the nuclear deal... are contrary to the letter and spirit” of the JCPOA, Salehi said.

In August, Haley traveled to Vienna to press the UN nuclear chief on her reading of Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA and asked if the IAEA planned to inspect Iranian military sites, something she has called for.

In a letter dated August 19 but released on August 23, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned about US lack of adherence to the nuclear deal.

Zarif has also said that Haley’s visit to the IAEA undermines “the independence and credibility” of IAEA inspectors.

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