Iranian DM “Categorically Rejects” Inspections of Military & Nuclear Sites Under Lausanne Agreement
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan categorically rejected as a “lie” Western reports that Iran would allow inspections of military sites. The Guardian reported that the Lausanne nuclear agreement included “a regime of enhanced inspections carried out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”
It looks like the so-called agreement is falling apart by the hour.
Iranian Fars News reported:
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan categorically rejected as a “lie” a Guardian report alleging that Tehran has granted access to its military facilities under the recent framework agreement with the world powers.
“No such agreement has been made; principally speaking, visit to military centers is among our redlines and no such visit will be accepted,” Gen. Dehqan stressed on Wednesday, rejecting “the report by foreign media outlets, such as the Guardian” as “untruthful allegations”.
The Iranian defense minister reiterated that the Supreme Leader’s guidelines, government’s strategy and the negotiating team’s resolve have placed the Iranian diplomacy on a path that it would never allow the opposite parties to the talks impose their will on the Iranian nation.
Iran and the G5+1 started their new round of talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, late in March to narrow their differences over Tehran’s nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.
After nine days of hard work, the seven nations reached an understanding on Thursday which laid the ground for them to start drafting the final nuclear deal.
On Tuesday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underscored that termination of all sanctions and possession of the full nuclear fuel cycle as Iran’s redline in any nuclear agreement with the world powers.
“In addition to the right of possessing the nuclear enrichment cycle and Research and Development (R&D), termination of all the relevant sanctions which are the centerpiece of the Iranian nation’s demands are our redline,” Jafari said, addressing the IRGC commanders in Tehran on Tuesday.
He, meantime, appreciated the Iranian diplomats and negotiators for their efforts, resistance and emphasis on the redlines, and said after the preliminary agreement between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Lausanne, the US president admitted that the military option and continued sanctions against Iran will make the country stronger and more determined.
“The US which was seeking to change Iran’s political behavior was forced to change its political behavior towards our people, and contrary to its previous policy, it was forced to forget all its over-the-table options and replace them with the diplomatic path to settle the nuclear issue,” Jafari said.