Iran won't allow foreign inspection of military sites: Commander

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Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri

A senior Iranian general has reaffirmed the country’s opposition to any inspection of its military sites, saying the Iranian nation will never allow world powers to impose their excessive demands on Iran.

“Definitely, no permission will be given to foreigners for the access, in whatever way, to military sites even though this issue would contradict the acceptance of the Additional Protocol,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said on Sunday.

The protocol, which is an addendum to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), requires snap inspections of nuclear facilities.

Jazayeri added that the Iranian Armed Forces and the country’s defense system are responsible for safeguarding national security and interests of the country.

The Iranian nation opposes the entry of foreign powers to the country’s defense and military sites to gather information about Iran's military equipment and tactics, said the general.

Jazayeri noted that "any protocol" that may be signed by Iran should not undermine national security.

Iran and the P5+1 -- the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, and Germany – are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. The two sides have been working on the text of the potential final deal ever since they reached a mutual understanding on its parameters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

On May 20, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran would not allow any inspections by foreigners of its military sites.

“They (P5+1 countries) are making new comments in the [nuclear] negotiations. Regarding the inspections, we have said that we will not allow foreigners to carry out inspections of any [Iranian] military sites,” the Leader said.

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