Adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei claims directive will be enforced regardless of world powers’ interpretations of nuke deal
A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed Saturday that the Islamic Republic would deny International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors any access to the country’s military sites, contradicting remarks by US officials following the signing of a nuclear agreement with Tehran last week.
“The access of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency or from any other body to Iran’s military centers is forbidden,” Ali Akbar Velayati, Khamenei’s adviser for international affairs, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera satellite TV. Velayati further stressed that the directive will be enforced regardless of interpretations by the P5+1 world powers to the contrary.
Under the complex formulations in the agreement, Iran would have notice of 24 days for international inspections of suspect sites, a stipulation that was heavily criticized by Israel and other opponents of the deal. Skeptics say it is an ideal scenario for Iran to cheat.
Iran and the IAEA have, according to reports, signed a separate agreement regarding UN inspections at Parchin. This was denied by the head of Iran’s atomic agency on Friday.
“The AEOI and the IAEA do not have any separate agreement on visiting the Parchin military site,” Ali Akbar Salehi told the state-run ICANA news agency, referring to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency, respectively.
Full article: Iran vows to bar international inspectors from military sites (The Times of Israel)