A senior Iranian official has stressed that Tehran will not allow any foreign inspection of Iran’s military sites, noting that the Western rhetoric on the matter is only for their own domestic use.
“Based on the stance of the [Islamic] establishment and Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei], inspection of Iran’s military sites is forbidden and no permission will be given to any foreigners, American or otherwise, to inspect our country’s military and sensitive sites,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to the Leader told reporters in Tehran on Monday.
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.”
Velayati further said that the negotiating sides know there is no evidence of a diversion in Iran’s nuclear activities and added, “They [the Westerners] are looking for an excuse to cause inconvenience and [impose] sanctions [on Tehran].”
The senior Iranian official also noted that world countries would refuse to follow certain states which seek to impose more sanctions on Iran.
“Those who were bent on bringing our country to its knees through economic isolation will finally be defeated,” Velayati pointed out.
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany – are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal over Tehran’s nuclear program by June 30.
Tehran and its negotiating partners have been working on the text of a final deal since they reached a mutual understanding on the key parameters of such a deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.