John Kerry says Iran and the P5+1 group of international mediators never discussed full “anywhere/anytime” inspector access to Iranian nuclear facilities.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iran and the P5+1 group of international mediators never discussed full “anywhere/anytime” inspector access to Iranian nuclear facilities, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
“There is no country anywhere in the world that allows anywhere/anytime or has anywhere/anytime. The only example I can think of is Iraq after we invaded, once we had a total surrender and a takeover of the country. That’s different,” Kerry said in a Friday interview with PBS.
According to Kerry, “anywhere/anytime” is a euphemism that has been used in politics, but is not a realistic arms control measure.
On Tuesday, negotiators from the P5+1 group of countries (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom plus Germany) reached a final agreement with Iran on the parameters of its nuclear program, which had raised concerns in the West amid suspicions that it involves nuclear weapon developments.
The deal stipulates international sanctions relief in exchange for verification that Iran will not pursue a nuclear weapon.
The US Secretary of State told PBS that Iran and the P5+1 have agreed on “managed access” to “some [of its nuclear] sites,” adding that “there are some people that need to be talked to and other investigation needs to take place.”
Kerry stressed that if Iran fails to provide sufficient access to its nuclear facilities, it will have to face the introduction of sanctions.
“If they are not allowing us the access that we need in order to properly determine whether a suspicious site or some site where we have activities that we have questions about, that that is being accessed, if that doesn’t happen, we have a specific process by which we can go to the United Nations Security Council, we can bring back all the sanctions, and we can literally order inspections,” Kerry explained.
A resolution on Iran was officially submitted to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. The document will review the UN-imposed economic sanctions against the country.
By Sputnik News