Diplomacy

Iranian Defense Minister: No Inspections of Military Sites

Two top Iranian government officials have rejected the possibility of international inspectors visiting military sites as part of a nuclear deal.

Iranian defense minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan, who has been implicated in planning the 1983 bombing of the United States Marines barracks in Beirut, declared that he would not allow inspectors to visit Iranian military sites, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

Dehghan “underlined that Tehran will not allow any foreigner to discover Iran’s defensive and missile capabilities by inspecting the country’s military sites,” according to a report by the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Though the Times observes that Dehghan’s comments “shed doubt on Tehran’s willingness to keep to some of the concessions agreed to” in the nuclear deal agreed to last week, Dehghan has been consistent in this position. In April, he announced that he would not allow inspections of military sites.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also rejected the idea of international inspection of military sites, according to a report today in Iranian news site Alalam.

“They (the westerners) have made some comments about defensive and missile issues, but Iran will not allow them to visit our military centers and interfere in decisions about the type of Iran’s defensive weapons,” Velayati said on Tuesday.

Velayati’s comments about Iran’s “defensive weapons” echo those of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Mohammed Ali Jafari, who claimed that the deal violated “the very critical red line” of “maintaining and upgrading Iran’s defense capabilities.”

Velayati is subject to an Interpol arrest warrant for his role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Argentina.

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