Iran ‘won’t allow’ inspection of military sites

This Aug. 13, 2004 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe and the Institute for Science and International Security shows the military complex at Parchin, Iran, 30 km southeast of Tehran. (File: AP)

Iran will not allow the inspection of its military sites as part of a possible agreement with the world powers on the country’s nuclear program, Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces said Friday, according to the state-run Fars news agency.

“The armed forces will not allow anyone to enter [Iran’s] military sites,” Maj. Gen. Hassan Fairuz Abadi said.

Abadi’s comments follow a preliminary agreement reached last week between world powers and Tehran to restrict Iran’s nuclear program to ensure it cannot build a bomb.

In the agreement, a U.S. “fact sheet” showed that the International Atomic Energy Agency would have regular access to all of Iran’s nuclear activities.

Also on Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that a nuclear agreement with Iran must include inspections of its military sites, according to Reuters news agency.

In an interview with CNN, Carter said the nuclear deal being negotiated between the United States, other world powers and Iran must include ways to verify Tehran’s compliance.

“It can’t be based on trust. It has to have adequate provisions for inspections,” he said, adding inspections “absolutely” would have to include military sites.

However, on Thursday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say for Iran on the deal, ruled out any “extraordinary supervision measures” over nuclear activities and said military sites could not be inspected.

Earlier this week, the Iranian defense minister had also made clear that international inspectors would not be granted access to the state's military sites

“No such agreement has been reached and basically, visiting military centers are among the red lines and no visit to these centers will be allowed,” Brig. Gen. Hussein Dehgan said, according to Iranian media reports quoting a Defense Ministry statement.

Last week, Tehran and major powers agreed that the United Nations inspectors would have "enhanced" access to remaining nuclear activity in Iran, where they already monitor key sites.

But details on exactly what kind of access the inspectors will have were left for the final stage of talks, due by June 30.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47