Iran Rejects IAEA Allegations About Parchin Military Base

'One Cannot Clean a Site' of Nuclear Work, Notes Iran's FM

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has reiterated that they are rejecting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) allegations about the Parchin Military Base’s putative links to its nuclear program.

“These statements have no technical basis,” noted Foreign Minister Ali Salehi. “Anyone who has expertise in this area knows that these statements are mere pretexts and that one cannot clean a site.”

The IAEA is claiming in its new report that Iran’s alterations to the site, which is a key conventional missile site, are an attempt to hamper investigations. Earlier this month they were railing about the appearance of an unexplained tarp at the site.

Iran granted the IAEA access to the site in 2005, but has been reluctant to open it up unconditionally, fearing that Western IAEA inspectors will use such a visit as an opportunity to spy on Iran’s conventional military activities, something that is supposed to be outside of their purview and is the primary reason why the IAEA is generally kept from conventional military sites.

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