Amano: Iran's 'clean-up' at Parchin may hamper IAEA work

By REUTERS
June 21, 2012 18:27

 
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BUDAPEST - Satellite images indicate activity at Iran's Parchin site which could affect the UN nuclear watchdog's ability to ascertain whether the Islamic Republic is developing nuclear weapons, its chief Yukiya Amano said during a visit to Budapest on Thursday.

"We are aware that activities are ongoing at the site of Parchin and we have concerns that this could hamper verification activities," Amano told reporters at a news conference after meeting Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi.

"In the past we did not see such active activities but our information and satellite imagery indicates they are undertaking quite important activities," he said.

On Wednesday a US security institute published satellite imagery which it said appeared to show further activity, including removing earth, to clean up an Iranian military site the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wants to inspect.

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