Iran: UN team’s request to visit to restart nuclear inspections ‘procedural’

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(CNN) — Iran has rejected a United Nations team’s request to visit the country to resume nuclear inspections, describing the request as “procedural and technical,” Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported Saturday.

The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency has maintained that Iran was in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, and was ready to resume some inspections of nuclear sites.

However, after talks with the IAEA in Vienna, Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said “we cannot agree to go back to the ‘nuclear days’ of our past,” IRNA reported.

“We reiterate that going back to some of the past sensitive issues will in no way affect our commitment and our good-faith intention towards the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and the IAEA’s supervision of all non-nuclear items in Iran,” Soltanieh said, according to IRNA.

The UN agency said it would listen to the complaints from Iran, and make an assessment “as soon as possible,” IRNA reported.

CNN’s Gary Tuchman contributed to this report.

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