Iran rejects USA demands for inspectors' access to nuclear sites

In accordance with the nuclear deal, requests for access "will not be aimed at interfering with Iranian military or other national security activities". These include allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium; allowing Iran to operate a heavy-water reactor; and allowing Iran to operate and develop advanced centrifuges while the JCPOA is in effect. It has been in force since January 2016 to give Iran relief from worldwide sanctions in return for time-bound curbs on its nuclear activities.

In addition, the administration "must highlight Iran's unacceptable behavior, such as its role as the world's central banker for worldwide terrorism, including its directions and control over Hezbollah and its actions in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon".

"The Americans will take this dream to their graves", Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former Iranian foreign minister, said Tuesday, according to Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency.

On July 14, 2015, Iran and a group of six world powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) reached an agreement on resolving the persisting Iranian nuclear problem by adopting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Trump administration has been quickly ratcheting up tensions with Iran over the last few weeks.

"Iran's military sites are off limits".

Ghassemi said the framework with regard to IAEA inspections is "irreversible", meaning Iran will not renegotiate those terms.

"We will not be the first to violate the agreement, but at the same time, we will not stand still if the other side does", Rouhani said.

The Vienna-based United Nations nuclear watchdog has true experts and professionals and has a very strong verification program in Iran. The next deadline to certify the deal is due in October.

The IAEA, tasked with monitoring Iranian compliance with the deal, has consistently verified that Iran has been holding up its end of the bargain.

A spokesman for the National Security Committee in parliament had meanwhile stated that the committee had agreed on a timetable for the inspection of Iran's nuclear facilities.

"Driven by emotion, distorted historical memory, and lobbying pressure in Washington, we are unable to see that the deal is good for all parties", Kinzer said over email.

Iran had boycotted Hajj in 2016 after deaths of more than two thousand Hajj pilgrims from different countries in Mina near Mecca.

If the Saudi officials stop their intervention in Yemen and give up their support to terrorism in the region, the relations between Iran and the Arab state will return to its normal track, Rouhani said.

"This visit, with its announced objective, is not in conformity with several provisions of the JCPOA (or the nuclear deal) and the UNSC Resolution 2231 which deal with the role of the agency and the necessity of upholding its independence and protecting the sensitive information that comes to its knowledge", he said.