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July 31, 2015 Clip No. 5026

Khamenei's Advisor Ali Akbar Velayati: Inspectors Will Not Be Allowed into Iranian Military Sites

In an Al-Jazeera interview, Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said: "Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, their entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden." He further said that "the missile issue is not a part of the nuclear agreement with the P5+1." The interview aired on July 31, 2015.


Following are excerpts:


Ali Akbar Velayati: First, allow me to emphasize that the issue of the missiles and of Iran's defensive capabilities were not part of the negotiations to begin with. No matter what pressure is exerted, Iran never has negotiated and never will negotiate with others – America, Europe, or any other country – about the nature and quality of missiles it should manufacture or possess, or about the defensive military equipment that it needs. This is out of the question.


We in Iran will independently determine what military equipment we need in order to defend our land, the regime of the Islamic Republic, the Iranian people, and the interests of our country. Therefore, we will not hesitate to obtain these weapons, with the exception of nuclear weapons or WMD, such as chemical weapons, which are internationally prohibited. Therefore, the missile issue is not a part of the nuclear agreement with the P5+1. Any different statement about this is baseless.


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Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, their entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden. The entry of any foreigner, including IAEA inspectors or any other inspector, to the sensitive military sites of the Islamic Republic is forbidden, no matter what.


Interviewer: That's final?


Ali Akbar Velayati: Yes, final.


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Israel does not dare to attack Iran. The moment it initiates such a thing, important Israeli cities will be razed to the ground.


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The U.S. accuses us of supporting terrorism and terrorists in the region. We ask the Americans: Who are those terrorists? Their answer boils down to Hizbullah. Is Lebanese Hizbullah a terrorist party? We are proud of Hizbullah. It defends its existence and the existence of the Muslims, the Arabs, and the Lebanese. Hizbullah was the first to deal Israel a real defeat. We are proud to be supporting Hizbullah, while America deems this support to constitute support of terrorism.


First of all, we should sit down and define what terrorism is and who is a terrorist. We believe that if you defend your land, you are not a terrorist.


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We are committed to the Vienna agreement.


Interviewer: How do you view the recent Security Council Resolution?


Ali Akbar Velayati: We are not necessarily required to accept everything decided by the Security Council. Let me give you an example that is important to us and to you. The Security Council might make resolutions in favor of Israel. We would not accept or recognize these resolutions. This is what the Arab and Islamic countries would do. They would not recognize these resolutions. There were quite a few UN Security Council resolutions, which ran counter to the interests of some countries that did not recognize them. The Islamic Republic of Iran will not succumb to any international resolution that contradicts our strategic interests and our sovereignty. However, with regard to the Vienna agreement, if it wins the support of the legal authorities in Iran, Iran will be completely committed to it.


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