Iran grants ‘managed’ access to military sites
Tehran, Iran, May 24
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that the country has agreed to grant the International Atomic Energy Agency a "managed" access to its military sites.
However, no response has yet been given on granting the IAEA access to Iranian nuclear scientists, MP Javad Karimi Qodusi quoted Araqchi during a closed parliament session, Fars news agency reported May 24.
Araqchi said during the session that the group P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) has given Iran a list of Iranian nuclear scientists which they demanded to have interviews with.
An access to military sites and nuclear scientists are within the PMD (possible military dimensions) framework, which the Western powers claim Iran must have had in its nuclear program, thus demanding Iran to grant access to its military sites as a trust-building move.
The MP further said that during the Lausanne talks which ended April 2, the Iranian nuclear negotiators accepted nuclear inspections beyond the Additional Protocol to the NPT, something that the US keeps stressing.
Commenting on how economic sanctions will be removed through a nuclear deal, Araqchi had said that the case is being discussed whereby the 5+1 will "remove the sanction foundation" with a document and announce that if Iran keeps its obligations, the sanctions will be removed.
Iran and the powers are in talks to reach a final deal by the end of June.
Iranian leaders had previously said they would not accept anything but nuclear issues during the nuclear talks, stressing that the military sites were Iran's red lines.