Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the US of creating “myths” about his country’s capability for nuclear weapons.
The Ayatollah’s statement came as a senior commander in the Revolutionary Guard said international inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers.
Speaking in an address on state television, General Hossein Salami, deputy leader of the Guard, said his military would respond with “hot lead to those who speak of it” and warned against Iran becoming “a paradise for spies”.
He added the country “will not roll out the red carpet for the enemy”, believing any inspection would expose “military and defence secrets”.
Talks about Iran’s nuclear programme, previously supported by Ayatollah Khamenei, are set to resume later this week.
But while the Ayatollah supports the talks, he has maintained a public position of deep mistrust towards the US.
In statements published by the semi-official news agency Fars, he claimed the US was creating the “myth” so “they could say the Islamic Republic is a source of threat”.