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Iranian negotiator says Islamic Republic agrees to 'managed access' to nuclear sites for deal

An Iranian nuclear negotiator says his team has agreed to grant U.N. inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a deal over its contested program, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi's comments, carried by state television Sunday, came after he and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended a closed session of parliament. The report also quoted Araghchi as saying Iranian negotiators rejected demands that its scientists be interviewed

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, earlier vowed to not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement.

Iran and six world powers are negotiating a final deal over its nuclear program. They face a June 30 deadline.