Iran: Reports of Parchin cleaning 'invalid propaganda'

March 13, 2012 13:01

DUBAI - Reports that Iran's Parchin military facility may have been cleaned before a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are "invalid propaganda," Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

IAEA inspectors were refused access to the site in Tehran in February. But last week Iran's diplomatic mission to the UN's nuclear watchdog said it would allow inspectors to visit the site one more time.

Western diplomats say Iran may be postponing any visit to the site to give it time to sanitize the facility of any incriminating evidence of explosives tests that would indicate efforts to design nuclear weapons. Last week, the IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told Reuters he did not rule out the possibility.

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