Iranian official: No one will inspect our military centers

Senior Iranian military official stresses Iran will not allow the U.S. to visit the country's military centers.

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A senior Iranian military official stated that Iran will not allow any foreign states, especially the U.S., to visit the country's military centers.

"Both the great Iranian nation and the U.S. and the world should know that if there is only one demand in the whole world which will be rejected and if there is only one wish that will be taken to the grave, it is the Americans' demand to visit our military centers," Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said in a televised interview on Saturday.

The comments were quoted by the semiofficial Iranian Fars news agency.

"The Americans should not allow themselves at all to speak about Iran and if they want to visit a base they should go to the military sites in the U.S.," added Salami.

He underscored Iran's high defense and military power, and said Tehran has produced different missiles in such large numbers that it has problems in stockpiling them.

The comments come amid tensions between Iran and the U.S. over the nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015.

U.S. President Donald Trump has described the nuclear deal as “the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated” and accused the Islamic Republic of “disrespecting” the United States because of the deal.

Several weeks ago, Trump warned Iran to adhere to the terms of the nuclear deal with world powers or "there will be big, big problems" for Tehran.

Last week, he blasted Iran for failing to comply with the terms of deal and warned that “some very strong things” would take place if it does not start to comply.

Salami’s remarks follow ones made last week by the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who also stressed that Iran would not allow Western countries to visit the country's military sites.

"The response is clear. We will not give them such a permission," General Hajizadeh told reporters in Tehran when asked about media reports that Trump was calling for inspections of Iran’s military sites.

"Both the Zionists and the reactionary regional regimes understood that we have certain red lines and will resist to safeguard the revolution and will not withdraw," he added, referring to Israel.