Iranian hardliners say nuclear deal crosses their red lines

In the list of major red lines, Ayatollah Khamenei had said that he strongly opposed long-term restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program. “Despite United States insistence, we do not accept 10, 12-year-long restrictions, and the negotiators are already informed about an acceptable time-frame,” he said.

In the “Joint Plan of Action” presented by Iran and the world powers on Tuesday, the hard-liners say, many of the restrictions go far beyond 10 or 12 years.

Several parts of the deal end after 10 years. But it calls for a 15-year restriction on any enrichment activities in the underground bunker complex of Fordo. Iran is also barred from accumulating heavy water or building a heavy water reactor for a period of 15 years. Nor will it be allowed to reprocess any spent fuel or conduct research on spent fuel.

“That they constantly repeat time frames of 15 years or 25 years for some topics is not accepted,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on June 23, spelling out red line No. 7, according to his office.