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December 27, 2012 7:13 pm

Iran Says it Would Open Secret Military Base if ‘Trans-Regional Threats’ End

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Satellite image of Iran's Parchin nuclear facility. The IAEA suspects it to have military elements and is concerned about clean up efforts to hide intentions of nuclear program. Photo: Institute for Science and International Security.

A top Iranian leader has said that Iran would open its secretive military site at Parchin if threats against Iran end.

The International Atomic Energy Agency believes that Iran has conducted secret explosives tests with possible nuclear applications at the Parchin site. Recent satellite evidence has also revealed a flurry of activity at the site, suggesting that Iran may be attempting to clean evidence.

In early December, IAEA officials visited Tehran to discuss access to the site.

“If the trans-regional threats (against Iran) dissipate, then they will find it possible to visit Parchin,” Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi was quoted as saying by the Iranian Labour News Agency, according to Reuters.

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