IAEA: Iran’s building something at the weapons R&D site to be ‘self-inspected’ under side agreement

IAEA: Iran’s building something at the weapons R&D site to be ‘self-inspected’ under side agreement
File image of suspect areas at Parchin, ca. 2004. (Image: Institute for Science and International Security)

[Ed. – I’m not sure why IAEA is even mentioning it.  This whole thing is going to be gun-decked anyway.]

Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday, as part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Tehran’s past nuclear activity. …

The confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters, said:

“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 changes were first observed last month, a senior diplomat familiar with the Iran file said.

The IAEA says any activities Iran has undertaken at Parchin since U.N. inspectors last visited in 2005 could jeopardize its ability to verify Western intelligence suggesting Tehran carried out tests there relevant to nuclear bomb detonations more than a decade ago. Iranhas dismissed the intelligence as “fabricated”.

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