Iran’s Deputy Chief of Staff reiterated on Friday that the Islamic Republic will not allow any inspection of its military sites, PressTV reported.
“We will never allow any kind of visit to military centers, whether it is limited and controlled, or unlimited or in any other form,” Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the report.
He underlined that the Iranian nation will never give in to what he called the “excessive demands” being made by the “arrogant powers” during the course of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers.
The sides made a major breakthrough at talks with Iran on April 2 by agreeing on the parameters for a final deal to scale back its nuclear capabilities, but still have a series of technical issues to resolve by the final deadline of June 30.
One of the issues of contention is the question of inspections. France has made clear it will not sign off on a deal with Iran if it rules out inspections of its military sites as part of the final agreement.
Iran has categorically denied reports that it would allow inspectors as part of a final deal, describing them as mere rumors and as wrong interpretations of the understanding reached in early April in Switzerland.
Last week, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator 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.
Top Iranian commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami recently reiterated those statements, saying his country will never permit “foreigners” to inspect its military sites.
But despite Iran’s insistence that the interim agreement does not include inspections, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano recently insisted that a nuclear agreement would give his experts the right to push for access to Iranian military sites.
Amano said Iran specifically agreed to implement what's known as the agency's "Additional Protocol" when it agreed to the outlines of the deal now being worked on.
The protocol would allow the agency's inspectors much more access than they have now to follow up on suspicions of undeclared Iranian nuclear activities or equipment.
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