Iran: Tehran 'ready to accept' nuclear watchdog inspections — Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country was ready to accept inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday in Tehran. The nuclear watchdog passed a resolution rebuking Iran days earlier, for reportedly not allowing inspectors access to two sites. «Iran remains ready to accept the [IAEA] agency's legal inspections, and Iran is ready to work closely with the agency, albeit within the framework of the law, within the framework of the regulations,» Rouhani said, while accusing the United States and Israel of «diverting the agency from its path.» An IAEA resolution from earlier this month called on Iran to give inspectors access to two sites where undeclared nuclear activity purportedly took place in the early 2000s. During the cabinet meeting, Rouhani also called on the US to apologise and return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. «Instead of all this, they apologise, they go back to the law and regulations, they will see that we, the Iranian nation and the Iranian government, always move within the framework of justice,» he said. The tension between Iran and the US worsened after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal known in May 2018 and imposed a series of tough sanctions on Tehran.

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