Advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader: Inspectors will not be allowed into Iranian military sites

Advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader: Inspectors will not be allowed into Iranian military sites
Ali Akbar Velayati

John Kerry has said over and over that the nuclear deal with Iran depends on verification, not trust. But Iran’s notion of verification is different from the Obama administration’s. Ali Akar Velayati, a top adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, appeared on Al-Jazeera on July 31 and was asked about U.N. inspections of Iran’s military sites. Here is what he said:

Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, their entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden. The entry of any foreigner, including IAEA inspectors or any other inspector, to the sensitive military sites of the Islamic Republic is forbidden, no matter what.

So which is it? The entire future of the Middle East, and especially Israel, would seem to turn on this issue.

Below, meantime, are additional excerpts from the interview translated by MEMRI.org. A video may be found at the bottom of my cross-post, which is here.

Ali Akbar Velayati: First, allow me to emphasize that the issue of the missiles and of Iran’s defensive capabilities were not part of the negotiations to begin with. No matter what pressure is exerted, Iran never has negotiated and never will negotiate with others – America, Europe, or any other country – about the nature and quality of missiles it should manufacture or possess, or about the defensive military equipment that it needs. This is out of the question.

We in Iran will independently determine what military equipment we need in order to defend our land, the regime of the Islamic Republic, the Iranian people, and the interests of our country. Therefore, we will not hesitate to obtain these weapons, with the exception of nuclear weapons or WMD, such as chemical weapons, which are internationally prohibited. Therefore, the missile issue is not a part of the nuclear agreement with the P5+1. Any different statement about this is baseless.

[…]

Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, their entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden. The entry of any foreigner, including IAEA inspectors or any other inspector, to the sensitive military sites of the Islamic Republic is forbidden, no matter what.

Interviewer: That’s final?

Ali Akbar Velayati: Yes, final.

[…]

Israel does not dare to attack Iran. The moment it initiates such a thing, important Israeli cities will be razed to the ground.

[…]

The U.S. accuses us of supporting terrorism and terrorists in the region. We ask the Americans: Who are those terrorists? Their answer boils down to Hizbullah. Is Lebanese Hizbullah a terrorist party? We are proud of Hizbullah. It defends its existence and the existence of the Muslims, the Arabs, and the Lebanese. Hizbullah was the first to deal Israel a real defeat. We are proud to be supporting Hizbullah, while America deems this support to constitute support of terrorism.

First of all, we should sit down and define what terrorism is and who is a terrorist. We believe that if you defend your land, you are not a terrorist.

[…]

Interviewer: How do you view the recent Security Council Resolution?

Ali Akbar Velayati: We are not necessarily required to accept everything decided by the Security Council. Let me give you an example that is important to us and to you. The Security Council might make resolutions in favor of Israel. We would not accept or recognize these resolutions. This is what the Arab and Islamic countries would do. They would not recognize these resolutions. There were quite a few UN Security Council resolutions, which ran counter to the interests of some countries that did not recognize them. The Islamic Republic of Iran will not succumb to any international resolution that contradicts our strategic interests and our sovereignty. However, with regard to the Vienna agreement, if it wins the support of the legal authorities in Iran, Iran will be completely committed to it.

Cross-posted at The Lid

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz is editor and publisher of the The Lid, and a weekly political columnist for the Jewish Star and TruthRevolt. He has also contributed to Breitbart.com, HotAir, and PJ Media’s Tattler.


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