Iran Rejects Snap Inspections of its Nuclear Sites

An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the UN atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying the request “hindered efforts” to reach an agreement with world powers, according to The Associated Press (AP).


The United States and five other world powers face an end-of-the-month deadline to reach a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.


Earlier this month Yukiya Amano, the head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Tehran should agree to snap inspections to reassure the international community.


Iran’s nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said, however, that Amano’s comments harm the negotiations. “It would be much better if Amano only talked about the IAEA’s seasonal and monthly reports,” he was quoted by AP as having said.


Last June, Kamalvandi said Iran may accept snap inspections as part of a final nuclear agreement.


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