Iran official says unconvinced of need for IAEA to inspect Parchin nuclear site (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Haaretz 05/27/12)
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The United Nation´s nuclear watchdog has failed to convince Iran of
the need to inspect a military base suspected of housing nuclear
weapons´ experiments, Iranian media cited the head of country´s
atomic agency as saying on Saturday.
Comments reportedly made by the head of Atomic Energy Agency of Iran
(AEOI) Fereidoun Abbasi came despite last week´s announcement of a
burgeoning deal between Iran and the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA), according to which the international community would
have more access to the Parchin base.
Speaking on Tuesday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, who had been looking
for a deal giving his inspectors a freer hand to investigate
suspected atomic bomb research in Iran, described the outcome of his
meetings in Iran as an "important development."
He said he had raised the issue of access to the Parchin military
site - an IAEA priority in its inquiry - and that this would be
addressed as part of the agreement´s implementation.
However, Iran´s state-run TV and semi-official Fars news agency both
Abbasi as saying Saturday that Iran had not been convinced of the
need to inspect the Parchin site, adding that "no documents or reason
has been presented to us" to persuade Tehran otherwise.
According to the Iranian nuclear chief, the UN´s nuclear watchdog "is
interested in visiting Parchin due to pressure from countries that
want the agency to investigate the issue," reiterating Iran´s refusal
to stop enrichment: "We do not ask for permission from anyone to meet
our country’s demands.”
“It would be better for them to negotiate with our country with
regards to obtaining fuel and not ask us to stop producing fuel,”
Abbasi´s remarks were made the U.S. Institute for Science and
International Security (ISIS) claimed that Iran has significantly
stepped up its output of low-enriched uranium and total production in
the last five years would be enough for at least five nuclear weapons
if refined much further.
ISIS, a think-tank which tracks Iran´s nuclear program closely, based
the analysis on data in the latest report by the IAEA which was
issued on Friday.
The IAEA report suggested it was possible that particles of uranium
enriched to higher-than-declared levels could be the result of a
technical phenomenon. Experts say that while it is embarrassing for
Iran, there is no real cause for concern.
The UN agency also said satellite images showed "extensive
activities" at the Parchin military complex which inspectors want to
check over suspicions that research relevant to nuclear weapons was
Earlier this month, an image said to come from inside the Parchin
base and showing an explosives containment chamber of the type needed
for nuclear arms-related tests that UN inspectors suspect Tehran has
conducted at the site.
The image was provided to The Associated Press by an official of a
country tracking Iran´s nuclear program who said the drawing proves
the structure exists, despite Tehran´s refusal to acknowledge it.
The official said he could not discuss the drawing´s origins beyond
that it =was based on information from a person who had seen the
chamber at the Parchin military site, adding that going into detail
would endanger the life of that informant. His country, a member of
the International Atomic Energy Agency, is severely critical of
Iran´s assertions that its nuclear activities are peaceful and
asserts they are a springboard for making atomic arms. (© Copyright
2012 Ha´aretz 05/27/12)
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