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Iran Blocks Congressmen from Nuclear Inspection

Iranian leaders, Valiyollah Seif and Safdar Hosseini (Photo: wikicommons/Siamak Ebrahimi)

In the latest setback for the Western world since the implementation of last year's nuclear deal with Iran, Arutz Sheva's Ari Yashar reports that the Islamic Republic has not yet allowed members of Congress from carrying out agreed upon nuclear inspections:

The letter by the three Congressmen - Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KS) who is a member of the House intelligence committee, Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) - was revealed by the Washington Free Beacon on late Tuesday.

In it, they protest how the governor of Iran's central bank Valiollah Seif is being hosted for a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in Washington this Friday, but by contrast their requests to be given travel visas to enter Iran have been ignored for months.

Pompeo, Zeldin and LoBiondo asked to inspect the nuclear sites and visit American prisoners, and noted the hypocrisy of Iran's position given that US President Barack Obama's administration has repeatedly allowed Iranian officials in.

"It has now been more than two months since we applied, and we would appreciate a decision on our application,” they wrote in a letter addressed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. "If you reject our visa applications, please provide an explanation."

Noting how Seif is visiting Washington this week, they wrote, "it is clear the American government is allowing Iranian leaders to visit the United States. Further, American and international business delegations are traveling to Iran and have obviously received visas. We trust the same courtesy will be extended to American leaders."

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