Baku, Azerbaijan, May 21
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswomen Marzieh Afkham responded to the statements of her counterpart in the United States Department of State about the nuclear deal.
United States Department of State Marie Harf said on Wednesday that the issue of access to (Iran's suspicious) military sites would be an ongoing topic of negotiation.
She said that if the P5+1 cannot agree in the final instance to something that meets "our bottom line" for what is needed in terms of access, the US is not going to sign a final deal.
Responding to Harf's statement, Afkham said May 21, "without recognizing and agreeing on all of Iran's demanded issues, any nuclear deal wouldn't be signed".
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni emphasized during his speech on May 20 that Iran will never allow foreigners to inspect the country's military centers. He said that the counter side has brought new issues to the negotiations.
"Now they say that Iran should allow them to interview the Islamic Republic's nuclear scientists," Khamenei said, adding this means interrogation.
Harf said that there would be no final nuclear agreement if Iran denied access to its nuclear scientists and military sites.
"Obviously, that's an ongoing topic of negotiation; but if we don't get the assurances we need on the access to possible military dimension-related sites or activities, that's going to be a problem for us, and we've said that," Harf said.
The West insists that a ruling by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency on the allegations about past activities, based on full Iranian cooperation with an IAEA probe, is essential to be able to understand Tehran's present nuclear activities.
IAEA demands Iran allow inspection of the Parchin military base close to Tehran. The IAEA visited the site twice in 2005 in a voluntary cooperation by Iran to build trust with the world community. One of the most critical questions posed by IAEA is the probability of high exposition tests at the Parchin.
Iran and P5+1 are negotiating to reach a final nuclear deal by June 30.
Edited by CN