Iran insists it won’t let inspection of military sites

May 4, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN – The commander of Iran’s Armed Forces chief of staff has cautioned the Iranian nuclear negotiators against letting Western powers impose any limitation on Iran's conventional defense power.

This is a wrong impression by the enemies of the Iranian nation to think that they can entitle themselves to being introduced into Iran's defense sphere, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi wrote in an open letter to Iran’s nuclear negotiation team on Sunday.

In this letter, Firouzabadi goes on to mention the guidelines of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in instructing Iran's nuclear team to prevent including the inspection of Iran's military sites as part of a prospective nuclear agreement with world powers.

He raised concern that the U.S. fact sheet on the framework nuclear agreement, which was reached on April 2, might open way for unlimited surprise inspections of Iran’s missile system.

When combined with the rule of surprise inspections, the point “all over Iran” stressed in the American, German, and French fact sheets causes worry over Iran's national security, since it would allow the inspection of all military sites, exposing them to intelligence, security, and military threats, the senior military official noted.

Iran and the major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) are busy writing the draft of the final nuclear deal in New York, where the NPT review conference in underway.