Iranian Foreign Ministry denied reports that Iran was cleaning up suspected nuclear weapons site at Parchin military base. Satellite imagery of the site, widely published in the past 24 hours, shows probably crates, trucks and construction that may be linked to a renewed attempt to clean up before an inspection by the IAEA inspectors later this year.
In Tehran, the foreign ministry called the report “ridiculous,” saying any construction at the site is linked to “road repairs.” The White House challenged the assertion.
“For more than a decade, the Iranians had gone to great length to try to cover it up,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest of alleged nuclear weapons work at Parchin. “We’re not particularly concerned that over the course of the next couple of weeks they’re going to succeed in covering up something that they haven’t been able to cover up over the last decade.’ (AP, 6 August)
The IAEA suspects that Iran has experimented with high-explosive detonators for nuclear arms at the military facility south of Tehran and other weapons-related work elsewhere.
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Satellite Image: 26 July 2015 DigitalGlobe imagery showing renewd activity at Parchin site (ISIS)