John Bolton on how to exit the Iranian nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed U.S. demands for the UN's nuclear watchdog to inspect Iran's military sites, saying in a televised interview that "we will not accept anything by force". "All information about these sites are classified", said Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, Reuters reported. Primarily, this signifies rejection of the idea often voiced in the USA and by harsh critics of the Islamic Republic, that effective verification of Iranian compliance depends upon unqualified access to suspect sites within the country, including military sites.

"Iran's military facilities are secret [sites], and not everybody can have access to them", Nobakht said at a weekly press conference Tuesday.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently pressed the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding inspections of Iranian military sites.

President Rouhani also highlighted the US inability to unite the global community against Iran, saying, "The US has now the worst conditions, conversely, Iran has the best situation".

"We will completely try to safeguard the JCPOA, because it is a multilateral agreement to which we must all remain committed and other parties must also carefully fulfill their commitments", the Iranian official said.

When Politico reached out to Bolton, he said, "I requested a meeting with him and I was turned down".

Among the signatories was author and Iran expert Stephen Kinzer, who told ThinkProgress that, "The idea of "walking away" from the nuclear deal with Iran is part of the wider American fixation on the Iran as our eternal enemy".

The Trump administration has twice so far certified Iran's compliance with the deal.

Trump has called the JCPOA, "the worst deal ever".

"The United States and its partners need to figure out how to use that time to reduce the risk that Iran's nuclear program would otherwise pose", said Bunn.

Unlike the United States, the European parties to the nuclear deal as well as Russian Federation and China have never raised any complaints about the agreement with Iran and have stressed full commitment to it.

Now there is an option, he outlined, and it's needed because, "the [Obama deal] is a threat to US national-security interests, growing more serious by the day".

Firouzabadi, a former Iranian armed forces chief of staff, said on Sunday the ambassador's Vienna visit was part of a new "plot" hatched by Washington against Iran, "and she is lying". Last April, he questioned whether the pact was in the USA interest. "Our embassies should not limit themselves to delivering the demarche, however, but should undertake extensive public diplomacy as well", he said.

She and Amano "discussed US concerns about ensuring Iran strictly adheres to its obligations, noting that IAEA reports can only be as good as the access Iran grants to any facility the IAEA suspects of having a nuclear role", according to a USA mission statement.

  • Joey Payne