Iran's supreme leader vowed today he won't allow inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders that Iran will resist "coercion and excessive demands" from America and other world powers. Khamenei indicated that Americans are increasing their demands that international inspection of Iran's military sites and interviews with Iranian scientists be included in any final deal. "The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we allow them [to] talk to our scientists and researchers about a fundamental local achievement, but no such permission will be allowed," Khamenei said in Tehran today. "No inspection of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed."
Negotiators from Iran and a six-nation group—the US, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany—have launched a new round of talks in Vienna focused on reaching a final deal that curbs Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions; the two sides reached a framework agreement in March and hope to strike a final deal by June 30. A fact sheet on the framework accord issued by the US State Department said Iran would be required to grant the UN's nuclear agency access to any "suspicious sites." For its part, Iran claims its nuclear sites exist for peaceful reasons and shouldn't have to submit to inspections, CNN reports. Khamenei said interviewing Iranian nuclear scientists would be an affront to Iran's dignity: "I will not allow foreigners to interview—which is tantamount to interrogation—the prominent beloved scientists and sons of this nation." (We've still got the Saudis to worry about, too.)