Iran to allow IAEA visit Parchin military site: ISNA

TEHRAN Tue Mar 6, 2012 8:29am EST

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano reacts as he attends a board of governors meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna March 5, 2012. The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday there were indications of ''activities'' taking place at an Iranian military site which his inspectors want to visit as part of an investigation into Tehran's atomic activities.    REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano reacts as he attends a board of governors meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna March 5, 2012. The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday there were indications of ''activities'' taking place at an Iranian military site which his inspectors want to visit as part of an investigation into Tehran's atomic activities.

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said it will give the U.N. nuclear watchdog access to its Parchin military complex, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday, a site where the agency believes Tehran pursued high explosives research relevant to nuclear weapons.

An International Atomic Energy Agency report last year said that Iran had built a large containment chamber at Parchin, southeast of Tehran, to conduct explosives tests that are "strong indicators" of efforts to develop an atom bomb.

The IAEA requested access to Parchin during high-level talks in Tehran in February, but the Iranian side did not grant it.

"...Parchin is a military site and accessing it is a time-consuming process, therefore visits cannot be allowed frequently ... We will allow the IAEA to visit it one more time," Iran's diplomatic mission in Vienna said in a statement, according to ISNA.

It did not give a date for such a visit. Iranian diplomats and IAEA officials were not immediately available for comment.

Western suspicions about activities at Parchin date back to at least 2004, when a prominent nuclear expert assessed that satellite images showed it might be a site for research and experiments applicable to nuclear weapons.

IAEA inspectors did in fact visit Parchin in 2005 but did not see the place where the U.N. watchdog now believes the explosives chamber was built.

The IAEA named Parchin in a detailed report in November that lent independent weight to Western fears that Iran is working to develop an atomic bomb, an allegation Iranian officials deny.

Agency chief Yukiya Amano said on Monday Iran has tripled its monthly production of higher-grade enriched uranium and the U.N. nuclear watchdog had "serious concerns" about possible military dimensions to Tehran's atomic activities.

(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi in Tehran and Fredrik Dahl in Vienna; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Comments (4)
Austell wrote:
You know, when you look at a given patch of bare dirt in Iran from a satellite, the absence of a structure indicates that something monstrous has been buried beneath the soil!!

Seriously guys, this makes WMD’s in Iraq look like the word of god…

“Strong indications..”, “serious concerns..”, “possible unspecified activities!”

These are litoral quotes from the most informed and expert western agents with the very highest access to information and sites both inside and outside Iran…

“Case closed agent Yukiya Amano, nice work!! Oh and we’re having a little soiree at the mansion in Monte Carlo this weekend, do join us won’t you..?”

Mar 06, 2012 7:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
Global55 wrote:
I guess that, since water is used in weapons manufacture, Iran should be attacked based on “suspicion”, “fear” and “maybe” that they aren’t drinking the water, but using it to make a bomb.

Everyday, it should be thought about, in stark relief, that not a single WMD was ever found in Iraq – isn’t that amazing, given the thousands dead, the trillions spent and the Saudi rogues still on the loose who “probably” carried out the 9/11 crime?

Mar 06, 2012 9:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:
Austell…someone needs to inform these expert Western agents that YOU have all of the correct information. Who knew it was so simple?

In all seriousness, it is incredibly engaging to watch the events in the Middle East unfold. America has played their cards perfectly in my opinion. There is nowhere in the world for terror to hide. These sanctions are deeply hurting Iran. As soon as Asad is ousted, Iran will fall soon thereafter (likely with military action). The rest are being overthrown non-militarily, through simple freedom of information. All the US has to do is ensure communication lines and itnernet are available to facilitate these uprisings. Coupled with the potential for change on the Korean peninsula and a rising China; truly interesting times. The pace of change really does seem to increase exponentially.

Mar 06, 2012 10:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
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