Iran’s supreme leader: Foreigners can’t interview our scientists

first_imgThe United Nations’ nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency, for example, has not had access to Iran’s Parchin nuclear complex in a decade — long a point of contention between Iran and the international community. A mysterious alleged explosion at the complex last October only fueled suspicion. The U.S. has alleged that weaponization research occurred at that facility, and access to it has been a point of contention in the nuclear talks.The supreme leader’s comments Wednesday are the latest in a series of declarations on nuclear inspections. Last month, Khamenei declared that all sanctions against the regime must end if negotiators reach a deal. His office also tweeted that the country would not continue negotiations if “US officials” threaten Iran with military action.Iran and the P5+1 countries reached an agreement on April 2 to allow United Nations inspectors to conduct more intensive inspections, though the parties have differed on how much access the inspectors should have. A little more than a month remains until the June 30 deadline for a final deal.Khamenei followed up his comments with several tweets from his official account, saying that he would not allow investigators to “interrogate scientists who are the dear & distinguished children of #Iran.”I will not let foreigners talk to & interrogate scientists who are the dear & distinguished children of #Iran.— (@khamenei_ir) May 20, 2015 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that he would not tolerate “unreasonable demands” from world powers during nuclear negotiations, making clear that he would not allow inspectors to interview the country’s scientists.“I will not permit aliens [foreigners] to come and interview with scientists who have gotten the domestic nuclear knowledge to this level,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iran’s IRNA state news agency during a meeting at Imam Hossein University. “They should realize that Iran’s response to any evil move will be very harsh,” Khamenei added.He also said Iran “won’t allow foreigners to carry out any inspections on military sites.” Officials should know that only way to counter the brazen enemy is will power &avoiding inaction;they should show Iran’s grandeur in talks.— (@khamenei_ir) May 20, 2015last_img read more