Commander Rules Out Inspection of Iran's Military Sites, Interview with N. Scientists
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces underscored that nobody is permitted to inspect the country's military sites or interview with its nuclear scientists, something he derided as the West's "excessive and illogical" demands in the course of nuclear talks with Iran.
In a message released on Monday, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi described the enemy's access to Iran's military centers and interviews with the nuclear scientists as being out of the question.
He added that calls for access to military sites and interviews with scientists are "excuses" to prepare the ground for harming the Islamic Revolution.
Earlier on April 9, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei also categorically rejected foreign access to the country’s "security and defensive" sectors under the pretext of nuclear monitoring.
Later on May 20, Ayatollah Khamenei ruled out any request for interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists, describing 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," the Leader stressed.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) are in talks to hammer out a lasting accord that would end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran's peaceful nuclear program.