Iran Says It Will Refuse Access To Inspectors ‘Anywhere’ Nationwide

A spokesman for Iran’s nuclear agency has once again rejected calls to grant IAEA access to military sites, continuing a war of words on the issue that began Sunday.

Press TV reports that Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), gave an interview Monday in which he stated that demands for access to Iran’s military sites were “not practical and acceptable.” According to Press TV, his statement was a response to a claim U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made earlier in the day.

During an interview with Bloomberg News earlier Monday, Secretary Moniz said, “We expect to have anywhere, anytime access” within Iran. That statement appears to match the contents of the U.S. fact sheet published three weeks ago. The fact sheet states, “Iran will be required to grant access to the IAEA to investigate suspicious sites or allegations of a covert enrichment facility, conversion facility, centrifuge production facility, or yellowcake production facility anywhere in the country.”

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