Deputy Chief Commander: Carter’s Remarks Show US Biased Attitude towards Iran
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that the recent remarks by US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter indicate the American officials’ strong biased attitude towards Iran.
Carter claimed in an interview with the CNN on Friday that the current framework for a deal with Iran does not take the military option off the table and that bunker busting bombs, meant to penetrate Iran’s underground facilities, are “ready to go”, adding that a deal with Iran would not be based on “trust” but on “verification”.
In response, Jazzayeri said that the remarks which were uttered after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s opposition to the inspection of Iran’s military centers show “the low level of Carter’s wisdom and understanding and “the American negotiating side’s biasedness”.
He underscored that earlier during their negotiations, the Iranian officials had also reiterated the ban on any visit or inspection of Iran’s military and defensive centers and facilities.
Jazzayeri said that another reason for the US officials’ insistence on inspection of Iran’s military centers is that “the Islamic Republic of Iran’s defensive capabilities are its heavy stick against the excessive demands of the foreigners and enemies of our nation”.
Addressing a large number of Iranian people in Tehran on Thursday, The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei specified conditions for a final nuclear deal with the world powers, and underlined that Iran doesn’t allow any inspection of its defensive and military centers.
“They (the foreigners) shouldn’t be allowed at all to penetrate into the country’s security and defensive boundaries under the pretext of supervision, and the country’s military officials are not permitted at all to allow the foreigners to cross these boundaries or stop the country’s defensive development under the pretext of supervision and inspection,” Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said.
Elaborating on his position on the recent nuclear statement issued by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Supreme Leader said, “I am neither in favor nor against it since nothing has happened yet and no binding issue has occurred between the two sides.”
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei underscored that he would support a final deal which would guarantee the Iranian nation’s honor and interests, and added, “I am not indifferent to the negotiations but I have not interfered in the details of the negotiations by now and will not interfere in the future either.”
Stressing that the underway talks between Tehran and the world powers were merely limited to the nuclear issue, Supreme Leader advised the Iranian officials and negotiators not to trust the other side as their untrustworthiness was seen in the recent remarks by US President Barack Obama after the joint nuclear statement.
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei stressed the necessity for continued progress in the country’s nuclear Research and Development (R&D) and development of the nuclear industry, and said another important issue in the final deal is that “the sanctions should be removed completely on the same day (of the implementation) of any agreement”.