Inspection of military sites a red line, says Iranian defense minister

General Dehghan

Iran’s defense minister has said that there has been no agreement on inspection of Iran’s military centers and no visits will be allowed (to these centers).

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan brushed off media reports that in the recent nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, there has been any talk of allowing access to Iran’s military sites.

Dehghan on Wednesday dismissed the reports as phony assertions and said there has been “no agreement on inspection of Iran’s military centers and no visits will be allowed (to these centers).”

He stressed that access to the country’s military sites is among Iran’s red lines.

Iran and 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) adopted a joint statement on April 2 after more than two weeks of marathon talks in Lausanne, with both sides committed to push for a final, comprehensive accord until the end of June.

The framework provides a series of solutions that will be the basis of a comprehensive joint plan of action.

General Dehghan further said that the Iranian nuclear negotiating team that enjoys the judicious support of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution as well as the backing of the Iranian nation and the country’s branches of power, is determined to safeguard Iran’s nuclear rights and national interests in the future talks.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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