Iran's "Supreme" Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
No one man, one woman, or one person should have the power of the millions under their system of whatever they have - never. Those who tolerate the single voice, single rule, or single law don't deserve life itself. Now, true, much of what spews from Iran and other places like that (e.g., North Korea) are just hot air, but must also be taken seriously based on their record of aggressiveness.
This headline: Iran rejects access to military sites, scientists
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders Wednesday that Iran will resist “coercion and excessive demands” from America and other world powers.
A few keys points here I think are: (1) what does resist mean, (2) what does “excessive demands” mean, (3) and how would Iran react in the long run?
A bit more from Khamenei below is also troublesome, but with or without teeth (that remains to be seen).
Background: A fact sheet on the framework accord issued by the State Department said Iran “… would be required to grant the U.N. nuclear agency access to any suspicious sites.” (my emphasis)
But Khamenei indicated that the Americans are increasing their demands that international inspection of Iran's military sites and interviews with Iranian scientists be included in the final deal, saying in part: “The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we allow them talk to our scientists and researchers about a fundamental local achievement but no such permission will be allowed. No inspection of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed,” he told military commanders via a TV broadcast. He further said that “interviewing Iranian nuclear scientists would be an affront to Iran's dignity and I will not allow foreigners to interview — which is tantamount to interrogation — the prominent beloved scientists and sons of this nation.”
So, Iran for sure considers the U.S. to be a brazen and impudent enemy? Interesting choice of words and pretty powerful stuff indeed. Fodder for the GOP no doubt??
So, stay tuned – this story is developing.