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May 20, 2015 12:16 pm

Iran’s Khamenei: No Interviews of Nuclear Scientists, Inspection of Military Sites

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said international inspectors are not allowed to interview Iran's nuclear scientists. Photo: via Wikimedia Commons. – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed not to allow international inspectors to interview Iran’s nuclear scientists or to inspect military sites under any final agreement with the P5+1 nations.

Khamenei told Iranian military commanders that he will resist any “coercion and excessive demands” by the U.S. and other world powers.

“The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we allow them to talk to our scientists and researchers about a fundamental local achieve but no such permission will be allowed,” Khamenei said on Iranian state TV, the New York Times reported.

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“No inspection of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed,” he said.

The ayatollah’s statement comes as negotiators from the P5+1—the U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany—have gathered in Vienna for a new round of talks to reach a final deal on Iran’s nuclear program by the end of June. The U.S. State Department has said that Iran must allow access to any “suspicious sites” for nuclear inspectors.

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