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Iran not ready for visit to suspect nuclear site

Public Policy

The U.N. nuclear watchdog has not yet given good enough reasons to visit an Iranian site where it suspects there may have been experiments for developing nuclear weapons, Iranian media said.

The Parchin complex is at the centre of Western suspicions that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons capability despite Tehran’s repeated denials of any such ambition. A report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week said satellite images showed “extensive activities” at Parchin.

Iranian officials have refused access to the complex, southeast of Tehran, saying it is a military site.

“The reasons and document have still not been presented by the agency to convince us to give permission for this visit,” the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency on Saturday.

Six world powers failed to convince Iran last week to halt its most sensitive nuclear work, but they will meet again in Moscow next month to try to end a stand-off that has raised fears of a new war that could threaten global oil supplies.

Last November, an IAEA report found Iran had built a large containment vessel in 2000 at Parchin in which to conduct tests that the agency said were “strong indicators of possible weapon development”.

In last week’s report, the IAEA did not elaborate on what activities it believed were happening there, but Western diplomats suspect Iran is trying to remove any potentially incriminating evidence. Tehran rejects this charge.

INSPECTION HOPES

After a visit to Tehran last week, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said he was close to an agreement with Iran on inspection visits to nuclear facilities but some differences remained.

The U.S.-based Institute for Science and International Security think-tank has said there is concern Iran may be trying to cleanse the building at Parchin – possibly by grinding down surfaces, collecting the dust and washing the area thoroughly.

Referring to the Baghdad talks with world powers, Abbasi-Davani dismissed pressure for an end to high-grade uranium enrichment as “predictable”.

Iran has begun enriching uranium to 20 percent fissile purity, saying it is needed for a medical research reactor, but worrying Western countries who see it as a big step towards the 90 percent purity needed for weapons-grade uranium.

“There is no reason for us to give up enriching uranium to 20 percent because we produce this fuel only to meet our needs, no more and no less,” the ISNA news agency quoted Abbasi-Davani as saying.

Tehran says it has a sovereign right to enrich uranium, but has sometimes indicated it may be flexible when it comes to higher grade uranium enrichment.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Sunday that Western powers had made the talks “impossible” by demanding Iran stop nuclear activities.

“They always make absurd demands, and by setting the condition to stop activities, they made the talks impossible,” the semi-official Mehr agency quoted Mehmanparast as saying.

Iran has expanded enrichment at its Fordow nuclear facility, buried deep beneath rock and soil to protect it from air strikes.

Last week’s IAEA report said nuclear engineers had installed 50 percent more enrichment centrifuges at Fordow. Although not yet being fed with uranium, the new machines could be used to further boost Iran’s output of uranium enriched to 20 percent.

Reuters



4 Comments on "Iran not ready for visit to suspect nuclear site"

  1. BillT on Mon, 28th May 2012 1:13 pm 

    I wonder if the Iranians wanted to inspect one of our military bases, would we open our doors? Hell no! They would not get within a hundred miles of it. Satellite pics are all that we will get.

  2. BillT on Mon, 28th May 2012 1:18 pm 

    BTW: Profits are down since we are no longer at war in Iraq or Afghanistan so the drums of war will be beating louder and louder with propaganda to make the Iranians look like the Vietcong, Japs, Nazis, etc. just like previous wars. Are you ready for this? It’s the beginning of WW3, and this time it may turn nuclear. Tactical nukes will be used by the Empire when it seems to be losing, which is inevitable, and that will progress into a few American cities taken out before it ends.

  3. DC on Mon, 28th May 2012 6:58 pm 

    /Q “They always make absurd demands, and by setting the condition to stop activities, they made the talks impossible,” the semi-official Mehr agency quoted Mehmanparast as saying.

    Exactly, this is amerikas new game plan for when it wants war(which is always) Make unreasonable or impossible demands, and when they dont like the answer,(which they never do), attack. Same thing is going on in Syria, with a slighly differnt twist. The US is formenting the violence there, the are ‘demanding’ that Syria stop, in effect, defending themselves from the US-backed and financed terrorists. Since the Syrias wont stop defending themselves(suprise!), the US is trying to inch towards another direct attack there as well. After all, the US doenst like the answer the Syrians arent giveing them the answer they want to hear there either…

  4. BillT on Tue, 29th May 2012 11:33 am 

    DC, the Syrians have the Russians at their back. And the Empire needs them to fall because they are at Israel’s gates. Syria has a mutual support agreement with Iran, meaning that if the Empire invades Iran, the Syrians will probably attack Israel from next door. That will bring the Russians in to support both Syria and Iran. Then there is China at Iran’s back, and Pakistan and Afghanistan and India, and … the Empire is crumbling. They have to do it soon or forget it.

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