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August 28, 2015 11:48 am

IAEA Says Iran May Have Expanded Parchin Nuclear Facility

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Satellite image of Iran's Parchin nuclear facility. Intel says Iran is already sanitizing the suspected nuclear site. Photo: Institute for Science and International Security.

The IAEA says Iran may have extended its Parchin nuclear facility, shown here in a satellite image. Photo: Institute for Science and International Security.

JNS.org – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations nuclear watchdog, said in a report that Iran may have built an extension to part of its Parchin nuclear site since May.

“Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials. In addition, a small extension to an existing building” appeared to have been built, the confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters, said.

The Parchin nuclear site was last visited by international inspectors in 2005 and the latest revelation may jeopardize the IAEA’s ability to verify Western intelligence has suggesting that Iran has carried out test there relevant to nuclear bomb detonations. Iran has dismissed these claims as “fabricated.”

The new IAEA is the latest controversy over the Parchin nuclear site.

Last week the Associated Press revealed an undisclosed agreement between the IAEA and Iran that would allow the Islamic Republic to conduct nuclear inspections at the Parchin nuclear site. Israel has demanded that the IAEA publish those undisclosed agreements.

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