UN nuclear chief demands immediate access to Iranian site

The IAEA is worried that Iran may have conducted nuclear tests in a restricted military facility
The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief pressed Iran on Monday to grant his inspectors access “without further delay’’ to a military site where they believe Tehran may have conducted explosives tests relevant to the development of nuclear weapons.

The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, said “activities’’ which had taken place at the Parchin facility – a reference to suspected clean-up work there – would have an “adverse impact’’ on the IAEA’s investigation, if and when it was allowed to go there.

Mr. Amano told the 35-nation governing board of the IAEA that Iran, in a letter last month, told the agency that the allegation of nuclear-linked work at Parchin, located southeast of the capital, Tehran, was “baseless.”

“However, the activities observed further strengthen our assessment that it is necessary to have access to the location at
Parchin without further delay in order to obtain the required clarifications,’’ he said.

The atomic agency chief said “no concrete results’’ had been achieved in a series of meetings, between senior IAEA officials and Iran since January, aimed at allaying concerns of possible military dimensions to Tehran’s nuclear programme.

“This is frustrating. We consider it essential for Iran to engage with us without further delay on the substance of our concerns,” he said.

“Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable us to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”


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