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Iran: US Moniz's call for 'anywhere, anytime' access to military sites unacceptable

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Tue 21 Apr 2015 - 09:53

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Implementation of Additional Protocol as the US Energy Minister Ernest Moniz has said is unacceptable, said Spokesman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi.

"Implementation of Additional Protocol as Mr. Moniz has said is not operational and acceptable. We said that we will discuss Additional Protocol under the authority of our government and parliament. The talks are still underway," Kamalvandi said.

"The other side should discuss its views in the negotiations, but Iran will not accept any commitment beyond the law and norms," he said.

Earlier on Monday, Moniz said nuclear inspectors will need free access in Iran as part of a possible deal on the Iranian nuclear program.

"We expect to have anywhere, anytime access," added the nuclear physicist, who has been part of the recent nuclear talks between Iran and the G5+1 group of countries.

He stated that inspections of Iran's military sites under a proposed long-term agreement would not be "frivolous" and would be part of "a well-defined process."

Moniz also said it would take at least six months to lift nuclear-related anti-Iran sanctions. However, Tehran insists that the sanctions must be lifted immediately after the nuclear deal takes effect.

The comments came after Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said the Islamic Republic will never permit inspections of its military sites.

"Not only will we not grant foreigners the permission to inspect our military sites, we will not even give them permission to think about such a subject," he said.

He added that a harsh response awaits anyone who talks about such inspections.

There have been reports in the Western media that a final deal between Iran and the G5+1 group of countries could see Tehran allow international inspectors to visit its military sites. Tehran has categorically denied the reports, describing them as mere rumors and wrong interpretations of the understanding reached in early April in Switzerland.

Iran and the G5+1 group – comprised of Russia, China, France, Britain and the US plus Germany -- reached a mutual understanding on Tehran's nuclear program on April 2 in Switzerland. The two sides are expected to start drafting a final inclusive deal which they seek to sign by the end of June.

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