Iran stresses won’t allow inspection of military sites
A senior Iranian official has reaffirmed that the country will not allow any inspection of its military sites, saying some inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),
“It has been repeatedly seen that the (UN nuclear) agency’s inspectors have been a plaything in the hands of the CIA, but the Islamic Republic of Iran … will never allow its military sites to be inspected,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, said in a televised program on Sunday.
“Records show that some of the agency’s inspectors are the agents of the US Central Intelligence Agency and this fact is documented and openly known,” Velayati said.
Iran never allows its might to be put undermined under the pretext of the inspection of its military sites, he added.
He emphasized that the Iranian nuclear negotiating team seeks to safeguard the nation’s rights in talks with the P5+1 group of countries and said, “We have no trust in the American statesmen’s conduct and remarks.”
Velayati added that the United States, as a member of the P5+1 countries, has repeatedly violated the agreements reached between Iran and the six powers during the previous rounds of talks and changed its approaches and tone.
He said the American officials are making excessive demands in dealing with Iran’s nuclear issue and urged the Iranian negotiators to act vigilantly.
Iran and the P5+1 — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear issue. The two sides have been working on the text of the potential deal ever since they reached a mutual understanding on its parameters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.
The senior Iranian official further said all sanctions against the country should be lifted simultaneously with Tehran’s measures.
“As mentioned by Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Iran will not allow that they [P5+1 countries] will humiliate the country’s scientists under the pretext of meeting nuclear scientists,” Velayati said.
On May 20, Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran would not allow any inspections by foreigners of its military sites.
“They (P5+1 countries) are making new comments in the [nuclear] negotiations. Regarding the inspections, we have said that we will not allow foreigners to carry out inspections of any [Iranian] military sites,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei added that foreigners’ call for interview with Iranian nuclear scientists means “interrogation” and emphasized that he would not allow foreigners to speak with Iranian scientists in the nuclear domain and “other sensitive fields.”