Military sites not open for inspection under nuclear deal, senior Iranian army official says


Military sites not open for inspection under nuclear deal, senior Iranian army official says
JPOST.COM STAFF /04/11/2015

Iran’s military sites will never be open for inspection under a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported a senior Iranian commander as saying.

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Friday that Iranian officials have already announced “clearly and explicitly” their opposition to the inspection of the country’s military and defense facilities, Tasnim reported.

According to the report, Jayazeri dismissed US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as “lacking in understanding” with regard to his claim that a final deal on Iran’s nuclear program would include inspection of Iran’s military facilities.

“The American side’s insistence on attending Iran’s military centers can be evaluated with regard to the repressed and unattainable wishes of the White House officials,” Iran’s official Press TV quoted Jayazeri as saying Friday.

Carter has addressed the possibility of a military option against Iran, saying that bunker busting bombs, meant to penetrate Iran’s underground facilities, are “ready to go.”

Speaking to CNN in an interview aired Saturday morning, Carter said that the deal between Iran and the P5+1, the basics of which were recently laid out in during negotiations in Switzerland, will hinge not on “trust but rather on “verification.”

Since the signing of the framework deal earlier this month, the issue of inspections joins the issue of the pace of sanctions relief as a potential stumbling block to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal.

The tentative accord, struck on April 2 after eight days of talks in Switzerland, clears the way for a settlement to allay Western fears that Iran could build an atomic bomb, with economic sanctions on Tehran being lifted in return.

Under the framework deal, framing the parameters of a larger, more technical agreement due by June 30, Iran will be allowed to continue the enrichment of uranium and will close no facilities.

Reuters contributed to this report.