A high-ranking Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic’s Armed Forces will not allow any inspection of the country’s military sites.
“We will never allow any kind of visit to military centers, whether it is limited and controlled, or unlimited or in any other form,” ISNA quoted Deputy Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri as saying on Friday.
He underlined that the Iranian nation will never give in to the excessive demands being made by arrogant powers during the course of nuclear negotiations between Iran and six other countries.
On May 30, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, also rejected calls for inspections of Iran’s military sites and interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists.
Araqchi described as “a decisive and serious guideline” the recent statements by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who rejected calls for the inspection of Iran’s military sites and interviews with the country’s nuclear scientists as part of a final nuclear deal.
“We have fully informed the opposite [negotiating] side that this (the issue of inspections and interviews) will never be on the agenda” of the negotiations, Araqchi said on May 29.
On May 20, Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Iran will not allow any inspections by foreign countries of its military sites. He also stressed that foreigners will not be permitted to interview Iranian scientists in the nuclear domain.
High-ranking nuclear negotiators from Iran and the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany have been negotiating to finalize a comprehensive deal on the Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear activities by the end of June.