US Says Iran Shows 'True Colors' By Providing Arms To Hamas

US Says Iran Shows 'True Colors' By Providing Arms To Hamas

"Iran has conducted its enrichment activities in line with its long-term enrichment and R&D enrichment plan" agreed with world powers, according to the six-page confidential document, seen by several news agencies, including Iran's IRNA.

IRAN has remained within key limits of its nuclear activities imposed in its 2015 deal with world powers, a United Nations atomic watchdog report said yesterday.

The most recent quarterly report came as a surprise to the USA administration which has signaled willingness to declare Iran in breach of the deal.

US President Donald Trump has been a vocal opponent of the landmark agreement, calling it the "worst deal ever".

Despite mounting pressure from the Trump administration, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Thursday that Iran was in compliance with a 2015 treaty it signed with the USA and five other leading world powers.

"There appears to be little other way to explain Ambassador Nikki Haley's efforts to stir up controversy in the media over IAEA inspections of non-nuclear military sites in Iran", the NIAC statement said. The IAEA has affirmed that it has the right to demand access to military sites, but only in the case that there is reasonable suspicion of activity there.

"The International Atomic Energy Agency is very unlikely to agree to the US's demands over inspecting our military sites", he stressed.

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Despite Haley's public comments, she neither asked the IAEA to visit specific sites nor offered new intelligence on any site, officials who attended her meetings said.

Haley described Sinwar's statement as a "stunning admission", and said Iran's relationship with Hamas is in violation of a United Nations ban on Iranian arms exports. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in July that he "did not expect" to declare Iran compliant in the coming months, despite a lack of public evidence of any Iranian violations.

IAEA has published regular reports showing Iran has broadly complied with the deal.

"We're not going to visit a military site like Parchin just to send a political signal", an IAEA official said, according to Reuters, which reported that Iran allowed Western observers in the Parchin complex once before, shortly after the deal was signed in 2015. Trump has been a vocal opponent of the deal, which he and his conservative supporters criticize as being too soft on Iran.

"If they want to bring down the deal, they will", an IAEA official told Reuters, referring to the Trump administration.

"As you know, the EU's stance on the JCPOA is clear; all 28 countries in the bloc have announced that they are committed to the nuclear agreement", he added.

The deal outlines what Tehran has to do to pull back its nuclear program from the brink of weapons-making capacity in return for economic and other sanctions relief for Iran. But the parties to the deal have so far agreed with this solution.

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