Sunday, May 24, 2015

Iran to Grant IAEA Access to Military Sites

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said during a debate in Majlis that Iran has agreed too grant IAEA inspectors “managed access” to military sites as part of a final deal over its nuclear program.

“Iran has agreed to grant managed access to military sites,” the semi-official Fars News Agency and state TV quoted Araqchi as saying. His comments contradict those made earlier by the country’s supreme leader. On Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei vowed to not allow international inspection of Iran’s military sites. Iran’s military leaders also have publicly refused such demands.

UPDATE: Araqchi has reportedly denied making the comments in Majlis, although they were reported by Fars News Agency and state TV. There must be some confusion on this issue among the big boys in Tehran. It is rare that public officials contradict the supreme leader so publicly. Because of that, making such comments as a trial balloon to gauge public sentiments is as rare.


Anonymous said...

What did I tell you on my previous post as regards the regime buckling in and allowing access to military sites. Now they claim it will be done under "managed access to military sites." We all know that to be a disingenuous claim because the IAEA can go anywhere they like. If not sanctions will reapply again. I can read these closet anti Iran traitors like a book.

Mark Pyruz said...

It's now being denied, from AFP:

"An Iranian negotiator on Sunday denied accepting military site inspections as part of a nuclear deal with world powers, a delicate issue in talks that must be concluded by the end of June."

"Abbas Araghchi, who is also deputy foreign minister, made the remarks as he briefed a parliamentary committee on the progress of the talks with the P5+1..."

Unknown said...

Were they simply trying to incite a reaction and then act accordingly?

Nader Uskowi said...

Araqchi comments were originally reported by Iran's official state TV! As I said in the update to the post, there must be confusion on this issue among the big boys in Tehran. State TV does not make up such a sensitive report, especially when it involves an official contradicting the supreme leader in Majlis. Politics in Iran is never boring!

Anonymous said...

AnonymousMay 24, 2015 at 4:31 PM
Ahh,no..the iaea cannot "go anywhere they like" this is not unscom/unmovic the iaea is strictly limited to declared nuclear sites only,iran is under no obligation whatsoever to allow them access to any military sites

Anonymous said...

Araghchi later denied the lawmaker’s comments on his Instagram page.

“What can we do except put the fate of Karimi-Ghodoussi and Fars in the hands of God?” he wrote alongside a picture of a Fars headline that read: “We accepted the inspection of military sites.”

A parliamentary spokesman said that during the briefing, Araghchi had “explained that the inspections will take place in the framework of the [nuclear Non-Proliferation] Additional Protocol.”


Anonymous said...

No you are wrong
that is the opinion of one single member of Neogtian team, no the opinion of Iran
The Parlament neber sign such agrteement, which allows inspection of military site