Reuters reported today that as part of a side agreement between Iran and the IAEA, the agency’s inspector alongside the Iranian scientists will visit Parchin to take samples from inside the buildings where the nuclear weaponization work was suspected to have taken place. It was not clear if the taking samples at Parchin will occur during Tuesday’s IAEA visit to Tehran or on a later date.
“The IAEA will be present when the Iranians take the samples at Parchin. This approach to managed access is something that’s fairly standard in the IAEA toolbox,” a Western diplomat knowledgable of IAEA work in Iran said. (Reuters, 12 September)