US think tank questions Iran explanation for activity at site

UNITED NATIONS – A prominent US think tank on Friday questioned Iran’s explanation for activity at its Parchin military site visible in satellite imagery, saying the movement of vehicles did not appear related to road work. The US-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said this week that Iran might be sanitizing its Parchin military

site, where some countries suspect experiments may have taken place in a possible atomic weapons program. Iran denied it, saying it was part of road works near the Mamloo Dam. The think-tank issued a fresh analysis on Friday disputing Iran’s story. “Commercial satellite imagery does not support the Iranian explanation,” the think tank said in a statement. “ISIS analyzed commercially available satellite imagery taken on July 12, 19, and 26, 2015 but did not find any visible signatures related to road work on the road near the dam.” It said it would make little sense for Iran to “park vehicles three kilometers south of the dam and at the one site that would create intense concern and suspicion about Iran’s intentions to comply with the recently negotiated (deal).”



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