TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A former senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) ruled out the possibility of allowing foreigners to inspect the country’s military centers and said the Islamic Republic will not let them inspect even a single police station.  

Speaking to the Press Shia News Agency, Brigadier General Esmail Kowsari shrugged off recent calls by the US government for foreign inspection of Iran’s military sites, saying that such an access would be impossible.

The Americans had better end their crimes and killings in various countries across the world, he said, adding, “The defense issue is our red line and no country gives such permission to another country.”

Kowsari, who is also a former member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, further said Iran will not allow foreign visits to even one of the country’s police stations let alone main military bases.

Last month, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, travelled to Vienna to press the UN nuclear chief on her reading of Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and asked if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) planned to inspect Iranian military sites, something she has called for.

In a letter dated August 19 but released on August 23, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned about US lack of adherence to the nuclear deal.

Zarif has also said that Haley’s visit to the IAEA undermines "the independence and credibility" of IAEA inspectors.