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Iran commander rules out inspections of military sites

19 June 2015 17:36


A senior Iranian commander has reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic will not allow access to or inspections of its military sites under a potential nuclear agreement with six world powers.

On Friday, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said any visits to or inspections of Iran’s military sites “are forbidden,” stressing that “everyone should heed this red line”

“National interests and security necessitate that outsiders and those who have spared no effort in opposing the Islamic establishment not be granted access to our military centers under any protocol or agreement,” he added.

On May 20, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran will not allow any inspections by foreign countries of its military sites. The Leader also stressed that foreigners will not be permitted to interview Iranian scientists in the nuclear domain.

Iranian negotiators have also reaffirmed that no such visits or interviews will be accepted as part of a deal between Iran and the P5+1.

Negotiators from Iran and the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council – the US, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany are in talks on the text of a final deal over Iran’s civilian nuclear activities. They face a self-defined deadline of June 30.

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