Iran to Let UN Into Suspected Nuke Site

Nuclear inspectors believed weapon work was occurring there
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2012 9:47 AM CST
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan, casts a shadow during a news conference after a meeting of the IAEA's board in Vienna, March 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

(Newser) – Iran has agreed to let UN inspectors into its Parchin military installation, after denying them access for the past two months, according to the country's semi-official INSA news agency. Western officials have long suspected that nuclear weapon work is under way at Parchin, and just yesterday International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said he was concerned about new activity there, the AP reports.

"Given that Parchin is a military site, access to this facility is a time-consuming process and it can't be visited repeatedly," Iranian officials said, but "permission will be granted for access once more." Inspectors looked in on Parchin in 2005, but only got to see one of its four areas. Amano yesterday said the IAEA had "new information" linking Iran to nuclear weapons, but Tehran dismissed its evidence as "fabricated documents" from a "few arrogant countries." (Read more Iranian nuclear program stories.)

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