Iran’s Army Head Vetoes Access to Military Nuclear Sites

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Visits by U.N. inspectors to Iranian military sites is "forbidden" and a "red line," said Iranian Chief of Staff Major-General Hassan Firouzabadi, according to Al-Ahram.

“The national interests and the security of the country obligates us to never allow to strangers and those who will not spare efforts in hating Iran, to enter our military sites any under protocol or agreement or with an excuse of inspection or visiting,” Firouzabadi said in a statement published by Tehran's Fars news agency.

June 30 remains the deadline for nuclear negotiations talks between the P5+1 and Iran. Talks aim at allowing Iran to retain some of its nuclear program under strict assurances that it is for civilian and not-military purposes. 

One of the sticking points of the negotiations is access rights for nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Without unrestricted access, Western powers believe, it will not be possible to monitor whether or not Iran has breached any agreement.

Currently the U.S. publically believes that it will take Iran one year to make a nuclear weapon once the decision is taken to so do. Other experts believe the time to be significantly less.

In February, four leading U.S. nuclear experts issued a statement reading “The fact of Iran's ICBM capability and their proximity to nuclear weapons necessitates that Iran be regarded as a nuclear missile state — and as a menace to the entire world — right now.”

In January former IAEA Deputy Director General Olli Heinonen said that Iran is two to three weeks away from a nuclear weapon.

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