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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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