Iran not to allow any foreign access to military sites: Velayati

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran will never let any foreigner have access to its military sites, the head of the Strategic Research Center of Iran’s Expediency Council said, referring to the West’s call for that kind of access under a possible comprehensive nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

“Visits (by foreigners) to the Islamic Republic’s military sites are forbidden on the basis of the Supreme Leader’s very specific viewpoints,” Ali Akbar Velayati told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

“We won’t permit any stranger, either American or non-American, to visit the Islamic Republic’s military and sensitive centers,” he underlined.

His remarks came after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said in May that Iran will not allow the inspection of its military sites.

The Supreme Leader ruled out any request for interviews with Tehran’s nuclear scientists, and described it as an instance of “interrogation”.

“I would not let foreigners come (here) and talk to the Iranian nation’s dear scientists… who have expanded this wide knowledge to this stage,” Imam Khamenei explained.

Iran and Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) have been negotiating to hammer out a lasting accord that would end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

On April 2, the two sides reached a framework nuclear agreement after more than a week of intensive negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, with both sides committed to push for a final, comprehensive accord until the end of June.

By Tasnim News Agency