The Iranian Supreme Leader said on Wednesday that his country would not allow foreign inspections of military sites nor would they allow any communications with their nuclear scientists, CNN reported.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stressed that Iran would never allow inspections, saying, “We will never yield to pressure… We will not accept unreasonable demands… Iran will not give access to its [nuclear] scientists… We will not allow the privacy of our nuclear scientists or any other important issues to be violated.”
Khamenei also said that Iran would never allow their nuclear scientists to be subjected to what he called “interrogations.”
“They say we should let them interview our nuclear scientists. This means interrogation… I will not let foreigners talk to our scientists and to interrogate our dear children… Who brought us this extensive [nuclear] knowledge.”
Khamenei continued, saying about the not allowing inspections of his nation’s nuclear program, “We have already said that we will not allow any inspections of military sites by foreigners.”
Other Iranian officials have echoed the sentiment of Khamenei’s, saying they would never allow foreign nations to have access to both their military sites and their nuclear scientists. Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehgan said about the inspectors, “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.”
Khamenei has the last word on whether a nuclear deal is reached between Iran and an international group led by the United States, the Associated Press reported. So far, Iran has only reached a temporary deal with the United States over its nuclear program as reported by the Inquisitr.
Khamenei said in a broadcast on Iranian state television about not allowing the inspections, “The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we will allow them to talk to our scientist and researchers about a fundamental local achievement, but no such permission will be allowed… No inspections of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed.”
Iran says that they want to develop their nuclear program for energy purposes only. The international community, though, suspects that Iran will develop nuclear weapons with the technology.
The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency has been investigating claims that Iran has been working on developing a nuclear weapon. Iran, however, said they want to work with the agency to disprove the claims.
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