TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that no foreign national would ever be allowed to visit or inspect Iran’s military sites.
“We reiterate that the permission will definitely never be issued for any kind of access to the military centers, even if it runs counter to the acceptance of the additional protocol (to the NPT),” General Jazzayeri said on Sunday.
He noted that the Iranian Armed Forces and the country’s Air Defense System are tasked with safeguarding the country’s interests and security, and said, “Foreigners’ visit to defense and military centers as well as obtaining information about the related equipment and tactics is against the orders (of commander-in-chief Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and also the demands of the entire Iranian nation.”
General Jazzayeri underlined the need for vigilance in defending the Iranian nations’ rights in different fields, and said, “No protocol should disturb our country’s national security.”
In relevant remarks in late April, General Jazzayeri underlined that inspection of the country’s military sites would be impossible.
“Everyone should know that in our view, visiting the military centers is completely impossible since it is among our redlines and we will not allow anyone to opine on such issues,” Jazzayeri said in an interview with Rah-e Dana news website.
He also advised the Iranian negotiators participating in nuclear talks with the world powers to keep vigilant and remain suspicious of the opposite party’s intentions.
On June 4, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi told the state TV upon arrival at the Vienna airport that “I have explained this many times that there is no difference between inspection and visiting the military and non-military centers, that are, in fact, non-nuclear; we don’t accept such a thing.”
“What has been raised within the framework of the Additional Protocol pertains to managed access to these centers,” Araqchi underlined.
Also on April 9, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that Iran doesn’t allow any inspection of its defensive and military centers.
“They (the foreigners) shouldn’t be allowed at all to penetrate into the country’s security and defensive boundaries under the pretext of supervision, and the country’s military officials are not permitted at all to allow the foreigners to cross these boundaries or stop the country’s defensive development under the pretext of supervision and inspection,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large number of Iranian people in Tehran.
In late May, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh underlined that the West’s request to inspect Iran’s sensitive military sites is like asking for permission to spy on the country, and Tehran would never accept such irrational demands.
“We will not allow inspection of Iran’s military and defense centers and control over them under any pretext, and we see the West’s request as officially asking for spying on Iran,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh said in a meeting in Tehran with foreign military attaches and high-raking Iranian military officials and commanders.
Underlining that such demands are “cruel”, “irrational” and “illegal”, Brigadier General Hajizadeh stressed that as Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has said “Iran will not allow them to do managed or unmanaged inspection of its military and defense sites from any distance and in any form, and will give such demands a response that spying actions deserve, a response with lead”.