Iran will never give international inspectors access to its military facilities under a negotiated nuclear accord, the country’s military chief declared at the weekend, underlining the regime’s rejection of what the Obama administration portrays as a core element of a proposed agreement.
“Iranian military officials are not allowed to let the foreigners go through the country’s security-defense shield and fence,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, commander of Iran’s armed forces, wrote in a message to Iran’s nuclear negotiators.
Official media quoted him as saying Iran would not allow its military progress to be stopped, under the pretext of nuclear supervision and inspection, alluding to earlier comments by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In Iran’s military hierarchy, Firouzabadi is second only to Khamenei, the commander-in-chief, who has himself already declared military sites off-limits to foreign inspectors.
The semi-official Fars news agency depicted Firouzabadi’s message to the negotiating team as a reiteration of Tehran’s “red lines” in the ongoing talks, heading for a June 30 deadline for a final deal.
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