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Senior official: Any access to military sites rejected

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sep 12, IRNA -- No foreigner is permitted to visit Iran's military centres since they are regarded as forbidden, security locations, an advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader reiterated on Tuesday.

'Former agreemens with the Agency (IAEA) by no means envision access to military sites; had it been otherwise, we would not have reached any agreement,' Ali-Akbar Velayati said, referring to the Ukiya Amano's Monday claims that the Agency can access Iran's military sites in Iran, if necessary, and it makes no difference whether they are military or non-military.

'The claim of such a right is fabricated by Mr. Amano,' he said, arguing that 'if he was independent, and his decisions were based fully on independence, he would have pressed inspecting nuclear centers of the Zionist regime because nuclear arms in the occupied lands set as the biggest danger to the entire Middle East region.'

When it comes to the issue, Amano pretends to be ignorant and has no response, said Velayati, reiterating, 'Mr. Amano, his officers and no other foreigner are entitled to visit our military centers because the centers are considered among forbidden zones and taken as fully secret security zone for any foreigne and foreigners' affiliates.' Velayati made the remark after meeting with French former Foreign Minister.

The US President Donald Trump has attempted to press the UN nuclear watchdog to seek access to Iran's military sites.

The nuclear deal with Iran,'made no distinction between military and non-military sites, the US ambassador to UN Nikkie Haley has said, referring to the nuclear agreement signed by Iran and the world major powers in 2015.

'There are also numerous undeclared sites that have not been inspected. That is a problem," She has claimed.

Iranian officials, including Velayati, has repeatedly said that it would reject any such demand.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati said despite lapse of six years from crisis in the region and proxy wars, as well as support of certain regional and Western states for terrorism and the Takfiri nd extremist movements, 'We are witnessing victories of the independent and legal governments of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq in the campaign.'

The governments today are stronger and more stable than the past, he said, adding that the Western countries should adopt independent policies that are proportionate to realities of the region.

Sovereignty and integrity of the countries in the region is very important, and despite attempts by some states to divide other countries, such plots would not be realized, Velayati said.

'Maintaining integrity of the independent countries of the region is the most important policy of Iran in the region and we will resist policies of the oppressors,' he added.


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