Iran Slaps Down Haley: No One Sees Military Sites Without Ayatollah’s Permission
Two years after the Obama administration contended that the nuclear deal it reached with Iran had opened the door to international inspection of military sites, a senior military adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Sunday that it does not.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “allows no inspection of Iran’s military sites,” the Mehr news agency cited Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi as saying.
“No foreign and domestic official and not even unauthorized officials of the Iranian Armed Forces are allowed to inspect Iran’s military sites without Ayatollah Khamenei's permission.”
Firouzabadi was reacting to questions raised by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley at meetings with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials in Vienna last week, as part of the Trump administration’s review of the JCPOA.
In separate meetings with IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano and experts responsible for safeguards verification in Iran, Haley raised questions of inspectors’ access to suspicious sites.