Photo shows suspicious activity at Iranian military site (WASHINGTON TIMES) By Shaun Waterman 05/11/12)
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A recent satellite photo appears to show clean-up activity at an
Iranian military site that U.N. nuclear inspectors want to visit and
that experts suspect may have been used to test a trigger for an
atomic weapon, scientists said this week.
The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a
nonprofit that monitors the Iranian nuclear program, published on its
website Wednesday the photo of Iran´s Parchin military base.
U.N. nuclear inspectors repeatedly have asked Tehran for access to
Parchin, where scientists suspect a building houses a special blast
containment chamber that may have been used to test a trigger for a
In a report analyzing the image, ISIS said it showed unidentified
items lined up outside the chamber and what appears to be a stream of
water from or near the building.
The photo was taken last month after inspectors first requested
access to the building.
“These activities raise concerns that Iran is removing items and
washing equipment or the building itself,” the ISIS report concludes.
Iran has long insisted that its nuclear program is peaceful, but the
U.S. and its allies have said Tehran is developing the capability to
make a nuclear weapon.
Whether Iran grants U.N. inspectors access to the chamber is
considered a litmus test of its seriousness in current international
talks aimed at resolving the dispute. (© 2012 The Washington Times,
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