Iran Took Samples for IAEA from Military Site, No Inspector Present

Iran Took Samples for IAEA from Military Site, No Inspector Present
Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:25:18

Iran independently collected environmental samples from Parchin military site in east of the capital Tehran and handed them to the IAEA’s absent inspectors.

The samples were taken under "established procedures", IAEA director general Yukiya Amano said, noting "significant progress" is being made in its long-running probe of whether Iran ever sought to develop a nuclear bomb.

The site at Parchin, east of the capital Tehran, has been at the centre of international scepticism of Iran's activities.

Iran says accusations from Western intelligence agencies - including that it conducted explosives tests at Parchin - are groundless and based on malicious information provided by its enemies.

The sample taking is linked to a so-called roadmap with a December 15 deadline by when the IAEA says ambiguities about past possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear activities must be resolved.

Much work remains to be done on that report, Amano said.

Iran's environmental sampling from specific parts of the Parchin complex took place in the past week.

"It was done by Iranian experts, in the absence of IAEA inspectors," said Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation.

IAEA and Iranian officials have previously said monitoring can be verified in real time by satellites and sophisticated geolocation technology.

Amano, speaking a day after he visited Tehran and was unexpectedly granted access to Parchin, appeared to reiterate that capability while acknowledging Iran's recent role.

"In the case of Parchin, the Iranian side played a part in the sample-taking process by swiping samples," Amano said in Vienna, adding his experts would analyse them in the coming weeks.

"The agency can confirm the integrity of the sampling process and the authenticity of the samples, which were taken at places of interest to the agency at the particular location in Parchin;" AFP reported.

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