Iran: France Threatens Veto if Total Nuclear Access Not Granted

In a speech last week, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamanei publicly ruled out the possibility of IAEA inspections at Iranian military sights, and stated that Iranian nuclear scientists would similarly be unavailable to IAEA personnel. Since then, Iran has softened its position to allow for “managed access” to its facilities. However, these statements reportedly contrast with the terms of the agreement reached last month by P5+1 and Iranian negotiators and present an obstacle to any final nuclear deal. French diplomats have already countered Khamanei’s announcement with a threat to veto any deal that does not include access to Iranian nuclear sights and personnel.

Iran had already stated that talks may go beyond June 30, although this statement has similarly been countered by US Department of State representatives who said that they will not “contemplate any extension” beyond the scheduled deadline of June 30. Whether or not the deal does get extended ma come down to specific technical provisions requested by the French delegation.

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