An iranian lawmaker lashed out at UN atomic inspectors Saturday, saying the Parchin military complex would remain off limits to them.
His comments came one day after talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Association broke off for lack of progress on gaining access to the site.
Calling inspectors “Western spies” Iranian MP Evaz Heidarpour said inspectors should forget about gaining access to Parchin.
“The U.S. and West are seeking to find access to our military sites but the representatives of the people will not allow our military sites, which have nothing to do with nuclear activities, to be inspected by Western spies,” he told the semi-official Mehr news agency.
At the same time, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s representative in talks with the IAEA over opening Iran’s nuclear sites, said talks over the issue would continue.
Herman Nackaerts, the IAEA’s chief inspector, said “no progress has been made… and there is no point to finishing this round of talks.” He called the talks inconclusive and “disappointing,” and said Iran was going back on previous commitments it had made to inspectors.
Satellite photos released on the eve of an IAEA meeting last week showed that two buildings in the Parchin military complex had disappeared, leading to fears that Iran was moving it’s nuclear program underground in an attempt to hide activity and protect it from a possible military strike.
Heidarpour also told Mehr that Iran would look to sue the IAEA for spying on their sites.
Israel and much of the West believe Iran’s nuclear program is for military purposes. Iran insists the program is peaceful.