Iran's nuclear installations are not open for inspection, says Iran

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has helpfully published a map (see below) of Iran's nuclear installations.  Perhaps President Barack Obama (D) should study it to make sure the U.N. nuclear inspectors know where they are and have access to inspect all of them, just to make sure Iran isn't cheating.  Not that there is anything wrong with cheating, of course.  Because the inspectors might not be able to inspect them, no matter what the U.S. says, if the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps has anything to say about it.  And he does, according to a report in Bloomberg.

“We expect to have anywhere, anytime access,”  (U.S. Energy Secretary) Moniz, a nuclear physicist who negotiated the technical details of a framework nuclear accord, said Monday in a meeting with editors and reporters at Bloomberg’s Washington office.  (snip)

On Sunday, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, said “they will not even be permitted to inspect the most normal military site in their dreams,” according to the state-run Press TV. 

(Foreign Policy has a fuller quote.)

“We will respond with hot lead to those who speak of it,” Salami said. “Iran will not become a paradise for spies. We will not roll out the red carpet for the enemy.… They will not even be permitted to inspect the most normal military site in their dreams.”

Oh.  The Bloomberg report continues.

Access for UN inspectors is one of the biggest hurdles to a final deal designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said inspectors would be barred from certain military facilities.  In response to Moniz’s comments, the deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Iran hasn’t agreed to “anywhere, anytime” inspections, saying “negotiations are continuing,” the Iranian Students’ News Agency reported. 

Oh, well – certainly the Iranians can be trusted, so no need for the U.S. to seek a detailed agreement with strong guarantees and enforcement mechanisms.  Sanctions against Iran should be lifted immediately.  And if the Iranians violate the agreement, no biggie.  They certainly intend no harm.  Whatever.   

Hat tip: Daily Alert