No One Allowed to Inspect Iran’s Military Sites: Commander
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian military commander ruled out the possibility of allowing foreign access to the country’s military bases, which he said are exempt from inspection under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Based on the official stance of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff, Iran will never allow anybody to inspect its military centers, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said.
According to the JCPOA, the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), the military sites are exempt from inspection, he added.
Last month, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, travelled to Vienna to press the UN nuclear chief on her reading of Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA and asked if the IAEA planned to inspect Iranian military sites, something she has called for.
In a letter dated August 19 but released on August 23, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned about US lack of adherence to the nuclear deal.
Zarif has also said that Haley’s visit to the IAEA undermines "the independence and credibility" of IAEA inspectors.