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Lawmaker Takes Back Comment On Limiting IAEA Inspector's Access To Iran Nuclear Sites

Iran -- Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, member of Iranian parliament. Undated.
Iran -- Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, member of Iranian parliament. Undated.

A hard-line lawmaker in Tehran has taken back his comment about limiting IAEA inspectors' access to Iranian nuclear establishments after British newspaper the Guardian quoted him as saying so on October 16.

The speaker of the Iranian Parliament's National Security Committee, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, had said earlier that Iran was going to limit UN nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Organization's access to Iran's nuclear sites as the latest measure in reducing Tehran's nuclear commitments.

However, he told Fars news agency on October 18 that what he said was his own opinion and not a government policy, adding that such a decision can be made by the country's Supreme National Security Council.

Iran had earlier exceeded the limits set on its nuclear activities in three steps during the past six months, while charging that Europe has failed to protect Tehran's interest under the 2015 nuclear deal after the United States left the deal, also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had said earlier in October that Iran will continue reducing its commitments under JCPOA until it reaches its desired result.