Iran says it won’t allow nuclear inspections to risk state secrets

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said he wouldn’t put state secrets in jeopardy in the nuclear negotiations.


“Iran will absolutely not allow its national secrets to fall into the hands of foreigners through the Additional Protocol or any other means,” Rouhani told a news conference, referring to a mechanism that would allow for more intrusive inspections of Iranian sites.

Tehran rejected access to several individuals and nuclear sites listed by Western states in relation to the nuclear program deal, local media reported last month.

“That idea was proposed, but rejected in Tehran. We are working on alternative ideas and we have clearly told the other side about it,” Iran’s Deputy FM Seyed Abbas Araghchi said, as cited by the IRNA state news agency.

According to the minister, the list was presented to the Iranian team as a solution to resolve the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) of Tehran’s nuclear program investigated by the IAEA as part of a framework for cooperation with Iran.

Six world powers and Iran reached solutions on key parameters of Tehran’s nuclear program following talks in Switzerland in April.

The deal has created the basis of a future comprehensive nuclear agreement, which is to be concluded by a June 30 deadline.