Iran on Friday once again unequivocally rejected the West’s call to inspect its military sites as part of a nuclear deal.
The commander of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that inspecting Iran’s military sites is tantamount to espionage and that Iran’s response to espionage is “hot bullets.”
“We will not allow them (Westerners) to inspect our military and defense centers, and our response to any measure in the name of inspection – either coordinated or not- around the (military) centers or at any distance and in any shape will be the response that is given to espionage, namely hot bullets,” Hajizadeh said, according to the Tasnim news agency.
He further said that what he termed the “ploys” used by the White House and its allies to “infiltrate” into Iran have become “worn out”.
Inspections of nuclear sites has been one of the points of contention between Iran and the six world powers in working out a nuclear deal, which they are required to do by a June 30 deadline.
Iran has categorically denied reports that it would allow inspectors as part of a final deal, describing them as mere rumors and as wrong interpretations of the understanding reached in early April in Switzerland.
Top Iranian commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami recently reiterated those statements, saying his country will never permit “foreigners” to inspect its military sites.
Last week, however, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano insisted that a nuclear agreement would give his experts the right to push for access to Iranian military sites.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that Iran wants 24 days’ notice before international inspectors could visit its nuclear sites in the event of a suspected violation of a deal.
He said Iran was seeking 24 days between the reporting of a suspected Iranian violation of the deal’s terms and the time when IAEA inspectors would be allowed to visit the relevant nuclear site.
Fabius cautioned, however, that “a lot of things can disappear” in 24 days and added that another outstanding question is how international sanctions against Iran might be lifted.