IAEA visited already Parchin once few years ago. But the inspectors were allowed to enter just few buildings of the main camp. The area of the distant building that holds allegedly the chamber wasn't visited at all.
Access to Iran tops agenda at IAEA meeting
Board of governors of UN atomic watchdog convene in Vienna to discuss Iranian nuclear program
By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND AP
Efforts by the UN’s atomic watchdog to gain access to Iranian nuclear sites will dominate the International Atomic Energy Agency’s meeting in Vienna starting Monday, according to Agence France-Presse.
The agency is looking to get access to a key Iranian military base where suspected nuclear developments were conducted. A meeting between IAEA head Yukiya Amano and Iranian officials in late May reportedly saw the sides come close to a deal, though gaps remain.
Commercial satellite images released May 25 suggested that Iran demolished two buildings at the Parchin military site where it is suspected of trying to erase evidence of a nuclear arms program.
The gathering of the IAEA’s 35-member board of governors will be held behind closed doors and is due to go on all week.
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UN nuclear watchdog says to meet Iran on June 8
By REUTER$UN nuclear watchdog, Iran to hold new talks this week to try to reach agreement on probe of nuclear program; West voices doubt that Iran will follow-through; IAEA wants to check Parchin military site.
"I wish to inform the board that a meeting between Iran and the agency has been scheduled for June 8 in Vienna," Amano said in a speech to the IAEA'S 35-nation governing board, according to a copy of his remarks."I invite Iran to sign and implement the Structured Approach document as soon as possible and to provide early access to the Parchin site," he said, referring to an agreement on how to conduct the IAEA's investigation.
New reports raise alarm about Iran’s nuclear program
Think tank’s research suggests possible third nuclear enrichment site, questions civilian use for the Fordow nuclear facility
By GABE FISHER
US tells Iran to open nuke site
US rep calls Iranian expansion plans ‘serious provocation’; voices concerns over possibility of weapons-grade enriched uranium
VIENNA (AP) — A US envoy challenged Iran on Tuesday to disprove suspicions it had worked to develop nuclear arms by throwing open a military site to UN inspection. He also urged Tehran to curb uranium enrichment, noting that — with further work — the material it has already amassed would be enough for use in several atomic bombs.
Robert Wood spoke to the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency as it turned its attention to Iran’s nuclear program and concerns it could be turned into making weapons — a fear that has generated threats of military action from both Israel and the United States if diplomacy fails to persuade Tehran to compromise.
The IAEA late last month showed board members satellite photos that its officials and diplomats said seemed to show Iran moving earth and hosing down the insides of a building at its Parchin military site, southeast of Tehran. That, they said, has strengthened suspicions that Tehran is trying to cleanse the area of evidence of secret work on high explosives used to set off a nuclear charge.
In separate comments to the board, Wood noted that the tons of low enriched or nuclear fuel-grade uranium amassed by Iran are “enough for several nuclear weapons if further enriched to higher levels.”
But his remarks focused even more urgently on Tehran’s enrichment at Fordo, reflecting the concerns of the six powers — the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — that higher-level enrichment being carried out there can be turned to weapons use more quickly than the main stockpile of low-enriched material being manufactured elsewhere.
Calling Iranian plans to expand production at Fordo “a serious provocation,” Wood demanded “its immediate shutdown if we are to reduce the confidence deficit between Iran and the international community.”
Iran aims to conclude nuclear deal with IAEA
Iran official to agree to resume stalled investigation of nuke program; Ahmadinejad to China: beware US "wolf" interference.
VIENNA - A senior Iranian official expressed hope on Wednesday that his country and the UN nuclear watchdog would soon be able to seal a framework agreement to resume a stalled investigation into Tehran's disputed atomic activities.
Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh spoke two days before he is due to meet senior UN nuclear agency officials in Vienna in an attempt to finalize the accord aimed at unblocking the agency's probe into suspected atomic bomb research in the Islamic state.
Western diplomats say they doubt that Iran, which they often accuse of seeking tobuy time for its nuclear program, will implement any accord that it signs with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based UN watchdog.
Iran denies Western allegations that its nuclear programme is a covert bid to develop the capability to make nuclear arms.
"We have decided to work with the agency ... to prove that those allegations ... are forged and fabricated. That is exactly what we are going to do," Soltanieh told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board.
Iranian officials have made clear that only after reaching this kind of deal will they consider allowing inspectors to visit the Parchin military site, where the IAEA suspects Iran built a steel containment vessel in which to carry out the explosives tests.
Iran, IAEA begin nuke talks as Ahmadinejad visits China
By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTER$IAEA seeks access to visit Parchin military complex which it suspects may be linked to "possible military dimensions" to Iran's nuke program; Chinese president: Tehran should take "flexible, pragmatic approach" to talks.
LAST UPDATED: 06/08/2012 13:25
The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran began a new round of talks on Friday in an attempt to seal a framework deal to resume a long-stalled probe into suspected nuclear weapon research in the Islamic state, a charge Tehran denies.
Also Friday, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Beijing, calling for Tehran to take a "flexible and pragmatic approach" to the nuclear negotiations, Xinhau reported.
If Iran does not agree to give the IAEA immediate access to Parchin before the Moscow talks, it would be a sign that Tehran "continues to believe it is in a relative position of strength," said Bruno Tertrais of the Strategic Research Foundation.
The United States said this week it doubted whether Iran would give the UN agency the kind of access to sites, documents and officials it needs.
"I'm not optimistic," Robert Wood, the acting US envoy to the IAEA, told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN agency's governing board. "I certainly hope that an agreement will be reached but I'm not certain Iran is ready."
His skepticism was reinforced by defiant remarks by Tehran's envoy to the IAEA, who accused the UN body on Wednesday of acting like a Western-manipulated spy service and said that Iran's military activities were none of its business.
Putin: Russia supports 'peaceful' nuclear drive in Iran
At Beijing summit, Russian leader tells Ahmadinejad Moscow 'always backed Iran's right to modern technologies'
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart on Thursday that Moscow supports Tehran's atomic program as long as it is "peaceful."
"We have always supported the right of the Iranian people to modern technologies, including the peaceful use of atomic energy," he told Mahmoud Ahmadinrjahd on the sidelines of a regional security summit in Beijing.
"But I want to emphasize that it is peaceful that we are talking about. You know our position."
IAEA says no progress in nuclear talks with Iran
UN watchdog pressing for deal that would grant inspectors access to Parchin military complex, calls talks "disappointing."
The UN nuclear watchdog said it had made no progress in talks with Iran on Friday to finalize a deal on resuming a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear weapons research by Tehran and it called the outcome "disappointing".http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/N...aspx?id=273195
Herman Nackaerts, global head of inspections for the International Atomic Energy Agency, said after Friday'smeeting at IAEA headquarters in Vienna that no date for further talks on the matter had been set.
Nackaerts said the UN agency had come to the meeting with a desire to seal the agreement and had presented a revised draft that addressed earlier stated concerns by Iran.
"However, there has been no progress," he told reporters. "And indeed Iran raised issues that we have already discussed and other new ones. This is disappointing."
Iranian lawmaker says Parchin to remain off-limits to IAEA inspectors
Comments come as nuclear negotiator says Iran will participate in new round of talks
By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
Saturday, saying the Parchin military complex would remain off limits to them.
His comments came one day after talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Association broke off for lack of progress on gaining access to the site.
Calling inspectors “Western spies” Iranian MP Evaz Heidarpour said inspectors should forget about gaining access to Parchin.
“The U.S. and West are seeking to find access to our military sites but the representatives of the people will not allow our military sites, which have nothing to do with nuclear activities, to be inspected by Western spies,” he told the semi-official Mehr news agency.
Enough people think that the IAEA Parchin fixation is a straw man. As posted before. The alleged "intelligence" forwarded to the IAEA does not make sense for a military program.
The IAEA is focusing on one particular building at Parchin on the basis of member state intelligence contained within its recent report on Iran’s alleged weapons program. This building is said to hold a massive steel chamber designed to contain explosives development tests for implosion-type uranium bombs. The IAEA believes that such a chamber is a unique indicator of nuclear weapons development. The use of such a chamber is actually rare in historical nuclear weapons development and quite inappropriate for Iran. In fact, the IAEA has already reported that the most interesting alleged large-scale nuclear weapons high explosive tests were not conducted at Parchin, but hundreds of kilometers away at site called Marivan.said to have been installed
Parchin is a huge ammunition and explosives plant with perhaps 1000 buildings over an area of 40 square kilometers. Despite the fact that the entire plant shows many classical signatures of explosive operations, the IAEA has chosen to focus on one building alone. The IAEA states in its report that a very large chamber for containing explosive tests wasat Parchin and then covered up by a building. It also claims that commercial satellite imagery is consistent with this but the earliest commercial satellite imagery shows only a finished building. The only way the IAEA could make this claim would be if it possessed earlier classified imagery. The IAEA further bolsters its case by using reports from unnamed human sources.
The massive steel explosives containment chamber in the building is said by the IAEA to be able to contain an explosion of 70 kg of high explosives. This is a world-class facility, especially as it was designed 15 years ago with the help of a former Soviet engineer. It is more likely that the container will hold about 10 kg of high explosives detonation. In any case, there are few if any tests involving uranium and high explosives that Iran needs to conduct in a container that is only there to hide traces of uranium.