Iran rejects inspections at military sites

Iran’s senior negotiator says UN inspectors will not be given access to military sites

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iran reiterated on Saturday that it will not allow the United Nations inspectors to access military sites and question its Iranian nuclear scientists.

Deputy head of Iran’s nuclear negotiation team Abbas Araghchi denied committing to military site inspections and the questioning of scientists under the nuclear agreement with P5+1 countries.

"Interview with scientists is completely out of the question and so is inspection of military sites," Araghchi told Iran’s state television.

Araghchi’s comments came as Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry had talks in the Swiss city of Geneva in a bid to carve out a nuclear agreement ahead of a June 30 deadline.

Referring to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Iran has signed, Araghchi said the Additional Protocol in the treaty only allows limited access to military sites.

"One of the questions we are discussing is how the Additional Protocol should be implemented," he added.

Iran says access to military sites should be regulated while Western powers push for greater flexibility.

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on any nuclear deal, pledged on May 20 that no agreement will allow nuclear inspectors to access military sites.