Satellite Images Confirm Iranian Cover Up (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/31/12)
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Iran has razed two buildings near a suspected nuclear-trigger test
site inside of its sprawling Parchin military complex.
Satellite images taken on May 25 confirm the destruction of two
buildings IAEA inspectors have sought access to were published on
Wednesday by the Institute for Science and International Security.
“These activities raise further concerns of Iranian efforts to
destroy evidence of alleged past nuclear weaponization,” the
Washington-based ISIS said in a six-page written analysis.
Diplomats had alluded to the satellite images in closed-door meetings
on Iran´s nuclear program earlier this week.
IAEA inspectors have been wrangling with Tehran over access to the
Parchin facility since January, where it is believed Iran had
constructed a high-explosives test chamber for nuclear detonation
“The razing of the two buildings may also indicate that Iran has no
intention to allow inspectors access soon,” David Albright and Robert
Avagyan wrote for ISIS.
“Iran should immediately allow the IAEA access to Parchin and explain
the significance of these apparent clean-up activities," they added.
Last week, IAEA officials announced they had reached an agreement
with Iranian authorities for greater access to Tehran´s nuclear
sites, including Parchin.
Iran is under multiple international sanctions stemming from concerns
Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons, a charge the Islamic republic
Two IAEA reports published since late 2011charge Iran has engaged in
nuclear research of a military nature, and is enriching far more
uranium to 20% than its claims of nuclear medicine research can
Iran has systemically obstructed IAEA inspectors seeking access to
its nuclear sites in contravention of its obligations under the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
In March, as tensions over access to the Parchin site reached a
crescendo, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said "Iran is not telling us
The building´s destruction – now publicly confirmed – has been
broadly interpreted as a part of an Iranian attempt to cover up
illicit military nuclear weapons research.
Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon on Wednesday
remarked "Iran is deceiving the West all the way to a bomb."
For "the last three months, while it talks with world powers, Tehran
has significantly accelerated the pace of Iranian nuclear enrichment,
Yaalon said at an Institute for National Security Studies conference
in Tel Aviv
In that time "they have produced 36 pounds, one-third of the amount
that the Iranians need [for a bomb], has been enriched to 20% in the
face of Western demands," he explained.
Yaalon´s comments come ahead of a third round of talks between the
P5+1 – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus
Germany – and Iran in Moscow on June 18 and 19.
Ahead of the second round of failed talks in Bagdad, Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu said "I see no evidence Iran is ready to end its
He was joined by Defense Minister Ehud Barak who told reporters he
was "skeptical" that Iran was serious, and charged Tehran was using
the talks to buy time for nuclear weapons research.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/31/12)
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