US think tank: risk Iran might ‘sanitize’ Parchin before UN checks

VIENNA – A US think tank says Iran might be cleaning up its Parchin military site, where some countries suspect experiments may have taken place in a possible atomic weapons program, but Iran denied this on Thursday.

The US-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) pointed to satellite images showing vehicles and container-like objects being moved at Parchin. Iran said this was part of road works in the area. Such activity might complicate the work of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with judging whether Iran’s past atomic activity had any military dimensions, including through access to Parchin. “This renewed activity occurring after the signing of the (July 14 deal) raises obvious concerns that Iran is conducting further sanitisation efforts to defeat IAEA verification,” the Washington-based think tank said in a report.



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